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In poetic style, this young lady articulates what many women have been experiencing over the years. As you grow up, you learn from your mother, you follow her lead. Many personality and character traits unknowingly become part of your personality. One major character flaw that women have is personal appearance. The way you are supposed to look, how you are supposed to eat, and what you are supposed to eat. To what or whom can we attribute this to? Now, a lot of this has to be credited to where you come from, and how you were brought up. The culture in which you grew up in has different societal pressures on your body. Over the past several decades, the slender woman has prevailed over the average size woman. The hard work that a woman goes through on a daily basis isn’t proof enough of their worth. Whether it be a 9 to 5 job, or the very admiring housewife, that isn’t good enough anymore. At least for many men. The societal pressure that surrounds men and women nowadays pushes women to want to become more like the women in magazines so their husbands don’t lust over them. What you eat marks your worth over what you do or who you are. Women need to realize that this is not the way to be heard. If you want more value in society and in your homes, you need to take a stance, not only for yourself, but for the children that surround you at the table everyday. You are teaching your daughters what they shouldn’t be, and your teaching your sons what they should be looking for in a woman. It starts with women everywhere, everyday.

Women should..

Christopher Hunt, Ogilvy & Mather’s campaign creator in Dubai, created these visually striking ads for UN Women. Google is the largest search engine, so large it is its own verb. Being a powerful word-predictor search engine, it is only obvious that it will have an equally powerful effect when used for an ad. The campaign depicts how gender inequality is a problem across the world. This campaign shows popular opinions when typing in a regular search. It sheds light on the fact that many cultures across the world share a very similar opinion of women. I find it striking that results for various countries were different but in retrospect, very similar. Word predictions began with, ” Women should,” ” Women cannot,” ” Women shouldn’t,” and “Women need to.” As you can imagine, the search did not end on a positive note. Every single one belittle the validity of women’s worth and their contribution to society.

What an inspiring young lady. As I watched the video, I couldn’t help but to tear up a bit. Malala is an example of what women should be, but are too scared or even comfortable to be. Scared because they might feel an oppression from their culture, to not speak up and to stay in the shadows. Comfortable because many women around the world have grown up in a privileged environment where you don’t have to fight for your rights. Malala may have grown up scared, but at her young age, she decided to stand up for not only her rights, her friends rights, women across the world rights, but for the man who stood behind the gun that pointed towards her. I wish we could see more women like Malala, women that actually believe all the positive, reinforcing quotes that are said about women. Women that don’t diminish their value and are willing to take action. Women like Malala are women that don’t take measures for glory, they take measures for change.

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