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Women Do Not Want To Be Men

women do not want to be men

Women Do Not Want to Be Men

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As we gather or pause to acknowledge and celebrate Women’s Equality Day, we would do well to remember that women do not want to be men. Fighting to win the right to vote one hundred years ago, was not the beginning of women trying to become men.

Women simply wanted to have the right to express their opinions and cast a vote in what they thought was in the best interest of their family, community, state and nation, just as men.

For centuries and across generations, a lot of misunderstanding, resistance, and obstruction that women have faced and endured, and continue to do so, in their quest for equality has been based upon the misguided notion that women want to be men.

Women do not want to be men. What they want, have fought for, and continue to fight for are: equal access to an education, equal pay for doing the same job, equal respect and freedom from sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the home and in the workplace.

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Women Do Not Want To Be Men. Photo Credit: nito100

To achieve equality, why must women deny, minimize or marginalize their womanhood, the things that make them uniquely female? Men do not have to change, alter or change their essence as they seek to have access to educational and job opportunities. Why should women?

But, during this journey, this fight to gain equality and respect for their abilities, many times women have had to project attributes—from dressing to speech—to prove they are just as smart, just as capable as men. Women do not want to be men. They want to be themselves and not be penalized or degraded for it.

Equality between men and women need not be an adversarial endeavor. One need not gain at the expense of the other. Mutual respect for abilities, positions, and contributions can be beneficial for all.

Women Do Not Want To Be Men

Women Do Not Want To Be Men. Photo Credit: darenwoodwar

Women’s Equality Day is set aside to commemorate the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. It should be noted that the Equal Rights Amendment, which would guarantee that women would not be denied any rights because of their sex, has yet to be ratified and made part of the Constitution. Women have been working to pass the Equal Rights Amendment for the last fifty years.

Men and women can work together with mutual respect and share in the benefits of equal treatment across the board without losing identity that is uniquely theirs.


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Women Do Not Want To Be Men
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. Kara Mia says:

    We are all equal. What men can do we can also do.

  2. Danielle M says:

    Very true Janice. Women don’t want to be man, we want equality, not being in a constant fight with men to get the same rights and oportunities. We don’t want to suffer sexual harassment or being mistreated for wanting to achieve succes in life.

  3. Hellen Mwitari says:

    Amen sister. Well put. I certainly have no desire to be a man, however, I would like to be respected, for my opinions to be heard and ideas considered.

  4. Prince says:

    Well you are right, most ladies around me are fascinating, wonderful in what they do, and they just wish they can have opportunities guys have but you know what the case is. I support equity if not for anything, for this ladies around me, they are goooood

  5. Janine Bocateja says:

    I have ever loved beign a woman. In this world all are equal. Womanhood. That’s why if a man would go first or sit on a bus and I am standing, I don’t get offended because gender equality it is.

  6. Oyeyipo Oladele says:

    Only the wise and reasonable ones would know that men are different from women and women are different from men. We have different purposes to tackle on earth. Just that some men still refuse to treat women as an important creature for the worlds support.

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