We need to talk about women’s issues, while looking at adorable animals.
By Justyne Yuen-Lee
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On October 11, the world celebrated International Girls Day. Since it’s inception in 2012, the United Nations declared this day to raise awareness of the continued inequality between men and women. Yes, in some places it seems as though there is equality amongst the genders. However, once you get passed the surface, there are still underlying issues that need to be addressed. Women may be able to be CEOs, have the right to vote, the right to education, yet, there is still discrimination in almost all the industries of the modern world.
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Plus, the intersectionality of the issues is usually never considered. It is never just a male and female issue, but race, social class, and other genders are other factors.
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When considering the progress made, we must consider outside our own world and expand to people of all walks of life. What about girls of color? What about girls in other countries? What about transgendered people? Do they get the same opportunities as other women?
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There is no blanket solution for equality, but we must celebrate and welcome our differences rather than ostracize what we think isn’t “average”. That’s why women all over the world should come together in unity and support one another.