The Power To Fight For Your Rights
By Demi Kotsogeanis

When did we decide to give up our rights? When did we decide, or did someone else decide it for us? Throughout history people have been oppressed and have fought back to regain what we call human inalienable rights. In other words what every human being on this planet deserves, to have the freedom to express themselves, believe and pursue what they desire without persecution. People have been persecuted based on their race, religion, gender, sexuality and socio-economic status.
I want to talk about gender inequality. Gender inequality has existed in our country since the United States became a country over 240 years ago. It is nothing new, we see it in our daily lives. We live in a society that rewards men much more than it does women.
Lets talk about money and earning power. Statistics show that women earn 10,800.00 less per year than men. For every dollar a man makes a woman makes 79 cents. This is true even if a woman has the same job or position as a man.
Women are victims much more than men. I’m talking about women being victims of sexual assault and rape. It is believed that 1 in 6 women are raped. For years women have been victims of abuse most of the time being powerless to fight back or hold the attacker responsible. Now we see women standing up and fighting back. It’s in the news every day and people are finally beginning to understand that this is such an important step to stand up and fight for your rights.
I want to talk about a movie that I found very inspiring. The movie “Hidden Figures” is about 3 women of color who get jobs at NASA. They are the only women scientists among thousands of men who worked on the program to start America’s space program. The movie showed that race and gender should not hold you back and talent and skills are what should matter. The S.T.E.M. program exists to encourage women to go into science and technology. You can do whatever you dream no matter race or gender.
In conclusion, women have face many obstacles. They have been pushed away from jobs because of their gender even though they were as qualified or more qualified than men. They have been victims of sexual abuse. Going back to ancient times women faced many problems as second hand citizens. In ancient Greece women were not even allowed to watch the Olympic Games. Even here in America women were not allowed to vote until 1920. It has become much better for women but there is still more progress that needs to be made.

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