Society takes its shape from both women and men. Both sexes contribute to social process and take part in social life with their own characteristics. But because of women’s natural inclination for raising children and taking their care; social structures with jobs which regulated by genres; providing cultural roles and moulds to both women and men hindered women’s active participation in the social life and caused some inequalities. Democratic developments, rapid social changes, diversified occupations depending on industrilization took women out from homes to business life and made them an irreplaceable piece of economy. Women, from past to present, have faced with lots of issues as well as being important in society.
Atatürk believed that women should have social, political and civil rights. He stood up for women to take education and part in social, cultural and economical life with men. In Atatürk’s era, Turkish women gained rights such as starting a family, giving lessons at schools, choosing the jobs they want.
Atatürk greatly admired the support that the national liberation struggle received from women and praised their many contributions: “In Turkish society, women have not lagged behind men in science, scholarship, and culture. Perhaps they have even gone further ahead.”
In the mid-1930s, 18 women, among them a villager, were elected to the national parliament. Later, Turkey had the world’s first women supreme court justice.
In all walks of life, Atatürk’s Turkey has produced tens of thousands of well-educated women who participate in national life as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, writers, administrators, executives, and creative artists.
“Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women.” says Atatürk.
As I said, all around the world, women have faced with issues but recently, the number of the issues we’ve been facing have increased. People talk about women rights all the time but unfortunately, they remain unfulfilled.
First of all, everyone in this world needs to understand that women are human beings just like men and we’re all equal in every way, there’s no difference between men and women.
Second, people have to stop making fun of feminism and feminists. We need feminism. We need gender equality. To me, there’s not a solvation from the disasters we’re having right now unless we equalise genders. Because nothing is meaningful if women and men don’t have the same rights. Because nothing is meaningful if men live with the best conditions while women live with the worst.
This is what it sounds like when people say “I don’t need feminism.”:
I don’t need feminism because:
I enjoy walking down the street afraid.
It’s okay that carrying my keys between my fingers is now a habit I am grateful for.
If women don’t want to be assaulted then they should just avoid buses, trains, streets, the internet, schools, grocery stores!
I like being whistled at like a dog and dogs are adorable so I should take it as a compliment, right?
“NO” does indeed mean “convince me”.
Women shouldn’t become leaders. What happens when it’s “that time of the month”? They could start a war over a bad reason, and that’s a thing a man has never done.
Men should always carry the heavier things I can’t like a huge sense of entitlement and superiority.
If women want to be safe they should just not drink, stay covered up, stay indoors, and basically be invisible.
It’s okay that men are more disgusted with periods than they are with rape.
I am overjoyed when politicians take control of women’s reproductive decisions. It leaves us more time to write poetry.
I do need feminism because zero nations have achieved gender equality.
People shouldn’t be afraid of speaking up for their natural rights. Men who stand up for women’s rights shouldn’t be made fun of by the other men who don’t.
We’re living in the 21st century, we’re so modern, we have the best conditions ever, bla, bla, bla. Sorry, but I don’t want to have “the best conditions” when I can’t laugh in the street or when I can’t have fun with my friends late at night while my male friends do or when I’m jeered just because I bleed.
“Destroy the idea that men should respect women because we are daughters, mothers, and sisters. Reinforce the idea that men should respect women because we are people.”