For thousands of years, women’s rights has been an issue for societies all across the globe. Women have been mistreated, looked down upon, and forced into roles that restrain them from learning about the world. In current times, there has been a shift away from that mentality and women’s rights movements have sprang up all over the world, speaking up against the inequality that has been forced upon them.
After looking into how other historical societies have treated women, it became apparent that women were often treated poorly, but some cultures actually allowed their women immense freedom. In the Mongolian Empire, men were considered dominant. Women held traditional homemaking roles, gathering food and raising children. However, at the same time, women were allowed a great amount of equality with men. They rode horses, hunted, and owned property. They were allowed to divorce their husbands and many women held greatly respected positions of power. For example, SORGHAGHTANI BEKI is considered the most famous Mongolian women. She helped rule the Mongolian Empire is middle of the 13th century and laid the foundation for her four sons to become great kings themselves. While in power, she promoted religious tolerance throughout the kingdom and believed that women were supposed to be equals with men. She is mentioned in several sources as one of the great Mongols of her time.
Today, women appear to be in the same situation as the Mongolian women of that time. Women in America are allowed to vote, own property, divorce, hold public office, and do almost everything men are allowed to do. However, women still tend to be stuck in the role of homemaker while men are the breadwinners. Wage inequality is also an issue that reflects the inequality between men and women. And women who do go out and work to support their families on average make only 77 cents for ever dollar men make. Women’s rights activists, like Susan B. Anthony and Ida B. Wells, worked hard to earn women the right to vote and to gain equality. And now women today are working to close the wage gap and to eliminate that gender inequality completely.
Women in Minnesota actually have it a little better than the national average, ranking 11th in the country for the conditions of women’s equality. On average, they make 80 cents for every male dollar and 30% of congressional seats are held by women.
Women’s rights isn’t just the right to vote or to lead, it more so the right to do things without hindrance from social stigma or unequal laws. The Mongolians seemed to be on the right track and now today women are continuing the fight to end this gender inequality.