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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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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. Sylvia says:

    What pains me the most is that society has been dumbed down so much to the point that voicing these concerns can get you mocked. Thanks for speaking on this Janice.

  2. Storm says:

    I am in total agreement with your sentiments here Janice. We need more vocal people to fight for women rights. Thanks for leading the way.

  3. Anderson says:

    There has been some progress but it is barely enough. I feel like so much more can still be done.

  4. Shantel says:

    The government should do more to ensure that there is gender equality. More laws need to be enacted.

  5. Louis says:

    Equal pay is something that really should be looked into. It’s one of the most contentious issues right now.

  6. Teddy says:

    Great article indeed Janice. I wish more people could read this to understand where women currently stand in terms of equality.

  7. Daphne says:

    Thanks for shedding light on this sensitive topic. I think it’s time we had a conversation about it.

  8. Oliver says:

    Inasmuch as there still is a lot of improvements to be made, at least there has been some progress over the years. It is a good start.

  9. Patricia says:

    Women have come a long way from when they couldn’t vote. A lot of work still needs to be done to achieve true equality though.

  10. Meg W says:

    I am in total agreement with this article. Women indeed don’t want to be men but only want to be respected mutually.

  11. Roy says:

    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. I really couldn’t have put it better myself.

  12. Glad says:

    True, women do not desire to be men. All women want is to be heard, to be given the same opportunity just as men so the average woman can achieve her dreams.

  13. Patrick says:

    Though I’m a man I want to believe you are stating the fact. Women need equality of things. Good access to everything men have access to.

  14. David Mureithi says:

    I do agree that all humanity is equal. It does not matter the gender.

  15. Gonzalo says:

    Equality is good just not in most cases. I mean for example as an Asian we are always told to speak English to be globally competitive that is not a bad thing but if it forces us to forget our roots what is the use of it. Or a few months back when a Gay forces himself into a female bathroom and when prevented he screamed foul because she thinks of himself as a woman? Equality is good but it will break nature’s providence then no way.

    • Avatar photo Janice Ellis says:

      Gonzalo, too often fighting for equality gets distorted–taking rights from some as it is extended to others. What is best for society long term should always be kept in mind.

  16. Tricia says:

    I am inspired! I totally agree with everything you have said! Men and women should be treated the same regardless of their gender. I personally refused to be belittled just because I’m a woman, and neither should any other woman out there.

  17. Mery Castle says:

    For no reason do we want to be men, we just want to have more participation in everything like men and have the right to freedom of expression, I remember that before, women were more submissive and obedient to their husbands and did not have the ability to express themselves, today we want to express our criteria and points of view.
    Let men not misinterpret feminine liberation with the desire to be men. because we don’t want it that way.

  18. olori says:

    Well stated, I don’t think we want to be men, what we want is equal access to things life have got to offer, that’s all. Equal access to things.

  19. Maury Cheskes says:

    Great reminders and points illustrated. Women should always have equal access to men with job opportunities and personal growth. I still think there are some gender norms that will never change like physical boundaries and self expression that are there for a reason, but should not be at the cost of demoralizing or restraining one another. Women’s Equality Day serves as an excellent reminder for equity from the past and a more egalitarian future.

  20. Cici says:

    Nail hit on the head. Women and men are not the same but they should be given equal opportunities bearing in mind, the two are very different.

  21. Kara Mia says:

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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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