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It’s a wild world, as per singers like Cat Stevens in the ’70s and Maxi Priest in the ’80s. Now it’s 2018 and it’s still wild, says author Ruchira Khanna. In this guest post, Ruchira explains her views on women’s struggles today and how in spite of the obstacles females still continue to inspire themselves and others.
The Wild World
Life for all genders is similar to Solomon Grundy’s poem where there is birth, christening, and marriage, illness followed by death. But still, the challenges that life throws at each at every step of the way makes an individual cautious, scared, vigilant. Some dare to be adventurous, and gamble on the if’s and but’s that life throws at them while most of them want to follow the path their elders took more so since the end product was foolproof since they are the living examples. No doubt times are changing, and not all decisions could be dated to the eighteenth century.
Whether it is East or West part of the world; unfortunately, a woman is still considered a second-class gender thus, having to prove her mark in all aspects be it her safety, security, freedom, and success especially when she decides to quit baking cookies and step outside her home.
Even the Democratic candidate for President Hillary Clinton opened up:
“I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’”
As a woman, she had to work even harder than her husband did to reach that position.
Every year our planet rotates 365 times around the sun but sadly the mind of the man has yet to turn around as each girl is still trying to conform just to be able to survive and flourish in this wild world that is primarily governed by man and his massive production of testosterone that makes him macho and egocentric.
Some classic examples that have made history are:
- Berta Cáceres: Environmental activist and co-founder of Copinh (the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras)
- Aretha Franklin: Legendary singer and musician
- Betty Friedan: Feminist leader and author of The Feminine Mystique
- Noor Inayat Khan: World War II spy and member of the French Resistance
- Toni Morrison: The first Black woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature
- Lilly Ledbetter: Activist for women’s pay equality
- Amelia Earhart: The first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone
Should I add that despite the above challenges, the fairer sex continues to ignite and continue to strive to touch the stars.