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Women Are Mobilizing To Gain Dignity and Respect

Women Are Mobilizing To Gain Dignity and Respect

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With revelations and accusations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and some other form of sexual misconduct dominating the news, women are mobilizing to gain dignity and respect in the workplace. A new Women’s Liberation Movement seems to be in the making to achieve something that the last movement did not.

Unlike the Women’s Movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which sought to change the role of women primarily in the workplace, this emerging movement is seeking to change how women are treated in the workplace.

The first movement was successful in getting more women in the workplace working alongside men, even if for lesser pay. But, it was not successful in changing how women continued to be perceived and treated as sex objects. With more women in the workplace, it seemed to have provided more opportunity for sexual harassment—both subtle and blatant.

While the fight against gender inequality, when it comes to earned income and job promotions, has made gains in the last fifty years, a massive more degrading problem has been tolerated, ignored, or swept under the rug by both men and women. But, women are mobilizing to gain dignity and respect for themselves and future generations.

There are laws against discriminating against women when it comes to hiring and promotions, but discrimination still persists. Women are still underpaid and under-represented in senior level positions in most businesses whether in the public and private sectors or government. There are laws against being sexually harassed, but women endure it across industries.

women are mobilizing to gain dignity and respect

Women Are Mobilizing To Gain Dignity and Respect.
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Despite being qualified, or often overly qualified, to perform the work associated with their jobs, many women are propositioned, threatened, cajoled, or cornered to engage in some unwanted sexual advances if not, indeed, sexual acts. Some are able to flee, deflect or ignore. Many are not. So they find themselves between a rock and a hard place, or facing no career growth, a demotion, or worse a gentle boot out the door.

So what have so many women resorted to in the past? Silence. Self-blame. Shame. And, worse of all, accepting and tolerating such sexual misconduct as a normal part of the workplace. But with all the recent sexual harassment allegations, women are mobilizing to gain dignity and respect in the workplace.

During the last fifty years, women have been successful in getting into the workplace. But, they have not been successful in maintaining a standard of treatment. Women are mobilizing to gain dignity and respect. They are no longer willing to take a job or keep a job should their male boss or colleague invade their space with inappropriate sexual behavior.

The Silence is broken in a mighty way. Where will this new women’s liberation movement lead?

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Women Are Mobilizing To Gain Dignity and Respect

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Janice Ellis
Janice Ellis
Janice S. Ellis, PhD, is an award-winning author. Her book, From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major book sellers. She has written a column for newspapers, radio, and now online, where she analyzes educational, political, social and economic issues across race, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status. You can see her writings on this website.


  1. Kathy says:

    Yes inequality is still happening around the world and one of the major issues that we need to solve. It needs to stop now, we need to educate them that we women needs to be respected and be treated rightfully and equally.

  2. Psyche Atinen says:

    In our own little ways, we uphold the rights and dignity of women by refusing to be at the receiver’s end of injustices. We can do this by performing well at everything we do like what every human should do and voice out whenever someone is undermining the rights we have We just have to treat each other (on opposite sexes) as humans.

  3. Fera says:

    “Despite being qualified, or often overly qualified, to perform the work associated with their jobs, many women are propositioned, threatened, cajoled, or cornered to engage in some unwanted sexual advances if not, indeed, sexual acts. ” – Yes. This is still very prevalent, unfortunately. The biggest recent example would be Harvey Weinstein. I truly hope before my time passes that we can change things for the better.

  4. Victor palmer says:

    The bad treatment to women is ending now. It is now time that you do not see women as objects.

  5. Vikram Parmar says:

    I believe in women liberalization as women are awesome leaders. They can work along with males.

  6. Selia says:

    Inequality is really observable in the workplace. I experienced in numerous times, and sadly, somehow I got immune to it that I just make it pass.

  7. paula young says:

    I wish to purchase your book and it is nice to read. I want to read your book.

  8. sidica says:

    This is a great movement, being a woman, I can tell how horrible it feels to be considered like a sex object to make marketing and publicity. That very offensive but besides that women have live sexual harassment at work when women want to become successful many times has to live situations like that. It a lot in my country, in the universities, when a woman is looking for a job, when pretty ladies want to start a career in modeling or tv.

  9. Mike Lopez says:

    While more and more people are advocating gender equality in the workplace, it cannot be denied that there are still sectors which sees one gender to be superior than the other. At this time, I don’t think that the fight for gender equality is solely by borne by women since men are now already in the forefront in helping them to make it happen. Admittedly, it seems like we’re going backwards when it comes to this worldwide issue due to an unexpected “promotion” of male chauvinism. Yet, we should not be discouraged by this. The fight for gender equality has come a long way, and we cannot allow anyone to take it away from us.

  10. cess garate says:

    Respect to all the women out there. The challenge now is to educate countries that do not believe in woman power.

  11. mercy says:

    yea,it time for women to come together and mobilized everyone to have dignity and respect for themselves and others. As a woman I’m glad to read this,I know we are getting there and there’s nothing anyone can do about that.

  12. karen says:

    Women fight for their rights in a man’s world. But in a world with humans in their right mind, there is no need for that. It is of right mind to respect and care for others and that includes women. There should be no discrimination against what women can or can’t do compared to that of men. The dictates of society is what makes the world unfair, whether to men or women.

  13. sharma shivani says:

    It is unfortunate that women are not respected in our society. Leadership plays a pivotal role in our society.

  14. Matt says:

    I’m happy that such inhuman treatment is coming to an end for women.it high time people stop seeing women as tool for only sex or as sex symbols. Women can be great leaders and can work at par with males as well.All prejudices against women should be stopped.Dignity and respect for womenfolks should be upheld.

  15. Scott Summers says:

    I do not get this at all. Why should you mobilize for something that is really normal?Seriously, that so called line is disappearing right now.

  16. Maury Cheskes says:

    It’s sad that it’s the 21st century and there are still women being undervalued and disrespected in our society. I think leadership plays a big role in this state when people like Trump get appointed as President. Additionally, Hollywood buffs and people of stature negate the belief that women should be treated equally through their harmful actions. In order for the U.S. and parts abroad to become more egalitarian, people of power must speak up on how sexism and gender inequality should not be tolerated.

  17. Cecelia Nuteson says:

    Hello, I was vacuuming and stopped to hear your visit to the Morning Blend. I will look to buy your book and it looks like an interesting read.
    I am in my 80s and what makes our city , county , and state along with our country interests me.
    I only heard part of your visit on tv, so I look forward to reading your book..
    Best wishes to you, and may your book be read by many!
    Sincerely, Cecelia Nuteson

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