Dear Future President,
Although there has been progress for women, and others, gender inequality still takes place today in this generation. Gender inequality is spreading its way around the world, and we need to make a stop to it.
Listen to the people who are speaking about one of the important issues in America. As you are aware, women working full time in the U.S. typically were paid just 80% of what men were paid. But did you know that back in April 2014, every Republican voted against equal pay for women. According to American Association of University Women (AAUW), men get paid $10,470 more than women in the U.S. alone. Women should be paid the same amount as men when working the same job. It is NOT fair to us when WE women give BIRTH to children, and not having enough of a salary will have us struggling. Struggling to buy their diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, clothes, and more. Prices are being raised and the less women get paid, the less they can afford everything they need for their children. Everyone should be paying attention to this issue and should be trying to change this. You should too.
Here’s another issue with gender inequality. Each minute, yes MINUTE, 28 girls are married before they are ready.Adeela, a 17 year old girl from Atlanta, was under intense pressure to drop out of school and marry a man chosen by her parents. If she refused, she would face physical punishment or death. Her cousin, Prema, was also in a forced marriage. She eventually did manage to get a divorce from the man she had married. Forced marriage shouldn’t be a thing for women nor men. It is an ABUSE of their human rights. This leads to physical and sexual violence. Physical and sexual violence is still happening today. Reading the articles and the stories is devastating, and no one should have to go through that in their life. 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. For example, Brock Turner, a twenty year old from Stanford University, sexually assaulted an unconscious woman and was only sentenced to 6 months in jail. The woman, in my opinion, did not get justice. Recently, photos of the victim have been leaked and some individual said she wasn’t “pretty enough to have been raped.” No one has to be “pretty enough” to be sexually assaulted, and the fact that some people aren’t sensitive to this situation nor the victim is ridiculous.
Everything should be equal for EVERYONE. Gender equality is not a women’s issue, it is a human issue. It affects us all. To be very honest, why wouldn’t anybody agree with me? Would you agree with me? You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can’t bomb the world into peace.
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