Today is March 8 2015 and it’s the International Women’s Day. This day celebrates women and especially their rights. This day goes back to the time when women didn’t have the right to vote nor to work, and were victims of discrimination. March 8 was therefore intended to campaign for the right to vote for women and their place within the society.
This is also an opportunity to talk about the notion of equality between men and women, which is a fact more and more tackled. Nowadays, more and more committed speeches are heard on this subject. Feminism is a controversial and often misunderstood notion. Feminism is first a set of ideas defending the rights of women within the society. The primary objective is to abolish inequalities. This notion became a movement. For the origin of this movement we need to go back to the 18th century with Olympe de Gouges, which is considered as one of the pioneers of French feminism. She wrote her famous text, the Declaration of the Woman and Female Citizen’s Rights, which is a book defending equal rights and emancipation of women. The simple fact to consider women as full citizen was unthinkable at the time.
Many women are still fighting for their rights around the world and often against the politics of their country. Malala is a Pakistani woman who fights for the right to education for girls in her country, and she does not hesitate to take a position. She was victim of assassination attempts but she still continued to fight for her ideas. In 2013, she received the Nobel Peace Prize. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese politician, is opposed to the violence of the dictatorship of her country. She has been elected deputy of her own party. In 1991, she received the Nobel Peace Prize for all of her actions. Recently, she announced her candidacy for the 2015 Presidential Election in Burma.
On a different level, this man/woman equality cause also affects stars, such as Patricia Arquette recently at the Oscars 2015 for example. She has won the Oscar for the best supporting actress and in her thanks speech she talked about the gender inequality. Many people in the industry reacted to her committed speech, such as Meryl Streep. Cinema is a medium of expression and I think this is a good way to use her fame to benefit a cause.