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Traditionally, women have been seen as the lesser, weaker sex. After all, during the birth cycle, we stop developing at an earlier stage than males in some aspects. For years, we've struggled to change this stereotype. Lately, though, I've been reading a lot of articles that make me wonder how close we are to truly eliminating gender discrimination.

 

Recently, a CBS correspondent, Lara Logan, was sexually assaulted and beaten while reporting on the Egyptian revolution in Cairo. The Today Show on NBC reported that most female journalist will not report incidents of assaults fearing they might not be given dangerous assignments, such as covering news in the Middle East, because of their vulnerability to these attacks which could significantly affect their jobs. 

 

This week, a boy in Iowa refused to wrestle a girl during a state tournament because he said he "feels it isn't right for a boy to wrestle a girl." So the girl won that round by default.

 

Despite the fact these examples reflect how stereotypes of women continue to haunt us, there are many other examples that show contradict these misconceptions of weakness and vulnerability. Just this week, the New York Times reported Rio de Janerio named a woman, Martha Rocha, police chief becoming the first female police chief in the city's history.

 

She joins other women like Marisol Garcia, a 20 year-old student who became police chief Praxedis, Mexico in October 2010. Verónica Ríos Ontiveros and Olga Herrera Castillo both hold important policing jobs in Juarez, Mexico, one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

 

These women embody courage and strength. They stand for everything contrary to what tradition has taught women to uphold. They break stereotypes showing society we have the power to do anything men can do.

 

So I ask myself, at this day in age, why is it that women like Lara Logan fear their career can suffer if they report assaults? And why is is that boys refuse to go against girls in a sport tournament? Why do we still struggle for equality? Why are women still forced to conform to traditional roles when our fight has come so far?

 

It's been 92 years since the senate passed the 19th Amendment, allowing women to vote. After almost a century since one of our major victories in our never ending fight for equality, women have come so far in society, but it's clear there's more to be done.

 

The fight is far from over, girls. Let's show them what we've got, 'cause they ain't seen nothin' yet!

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Comment by Alicia on February 22, 2011 at 3:28pm
I hear ya hermana!!  The female voice is almost absent in congress.  The numbers are extremely disappointing.  We are 50% of the population and yet we make up about 15% of congress.  And don't get me started on Latinas or women of color in congress.  I can count all the Latinas in the house on my hand and there are no Latinas in the Senate. Muy triste:(
Comment by Sonia Rangel on February 21, 2011 at 10:20am

Also women still get paid less than men and most of our government decisions are made by white men so I definitely agree with you. The fight is FAR from over! 

 

Also, it's interesting how Latin American countries now have women in policing jobs and even women presidents yet have a "machista" culture. The US that's supposed to be more accepting of women's rights and we've never even had a woman president. It'd be interesting to study why that is. 


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