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Eastern European ladies: there’s a difference between women’s rights & feminism

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Women’s rights are important and should be protected, according to several Eastern European ladies that I know. But feminism in western countries is already overdone, which has made many men weaker. This is so sad but true.

The difference between women’s freedom and feminism:

Women’s freedom is all about giving women choices – they can choose whether they want to find jobs or stay at home. By contrast, feminism is all about pushing women into the workforce so that there are many more employees looking for jobs and the average salary can be lower.

In western countries, almost every woman is working her face off in order to look empowered and independent. But there is nothing empowering when a woman is doing what every other woman is also doing.

Whereas Australia’s earlier turn-of-the-century feminists had fought mainly for woman’s suffrage, the second wave feminists of the late 1960s and 1970s had wider goals and interests. They wanted to: overturn the idea that women were inferior to men; make society see women as people who could control their own lives. Women’s liberationists made other women think about and question their traditional roles, their relationships with men and ways of creating change. In March 1965, two early women’s libbers, Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bogner, staged a protest against laws banning women from drinking in hotels. Adapting the tactics of the late nineteenth century suffragists, they chained themselves to the bar in Brisbane’s Regatta Hotel.

Women drew inspiration from one another and from works such as Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique and from Australian writer Germaine Greer’s 1970 bestseller, The Female Eunuch. The Female Eunuch inspired women to question the way they lived their lives and to take action to change women’s place in society. There was no formal women’s liberation organization. Instead women throughout Australia established hundreds of new groups to provide support for one another and to campaign for women’s causes. They saw themselves as part of a revolutionary movement, focused on achieving equality in the workplace and in education, and seeking justice for women.

Feminism is mostly happening in western countries, so Eastern European women are not influenced by it.

Truthfully, not every woman in the world is influenced by feminism. For example, most women from Eastern Europe are not thinking about feminism, although the majority of western women are feminists.

From 1972 onwards women in Australia began rallying each year on International Women’s Day on 8 March. They used marches to show their support for one another and to make other people more aware of what motivated their actions. About 4000 women took part in the 1972 Sydney march between the Town Hall and Hyde Park, chanting verses. Among the group was Germaine Greer, who became the target for an egg thrower. By making this the focus of their news reports, journalists showed they were still not taking women’s issues seriously.

The Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) began in February 1972 when 10 women met in the Melbourne home of feminist Beatrice Faust to discuss ways of playing a more influential role in the election planned for December of that year. These women then organized a survey to identify the attitudes of existing members of parliament (MPs) towards women’s issues. They designed the survey in the style of a racing form guide. A racing form guide provides an analysis of horses past performances in different conditions and other matters that may affect their current condition. This helps people judge which horses are likely to perform well in a particular race. WEL surveyed election candidates to find out their attitudes to child care, education, knowledge of women’s issues, planned parenthood and workplace equality. They then ranked candidates on the basis of their responses as risky, plodder, promising or winner.

Membership of WEL grew rapidly, especially after a second, more comprehensive, survey demonstrated even more clearly the arrogant attitudes of some politicians towards women. WEL was heartened by the more understanding responses of some Labor Party politicians and so was glad to see Labors 1972 electoral victory. Four hundred women attended WEL’s first national conference in 1973. According to Retroactive 2, women were keen to join an organization dedicated to ending the injustices they were no longer willing to tolerate. WEL bene ted from the expertise of members from the universities, the professions, the media and special-interest groups. They were well informed and well organized, lobbying politicians, formulating petitions and taking out advertisements to advance their goals. They learned how to attract media attention. The year 1975 was International Women’s Year. This provoked questioning of WELs role and the development of a new strategy. WEL now wanted to advance its goals by encouraging members to take on roles within parliament, trade unions and the public service. While the movement as a whole criticized and ridiculed these organizations, WEL sought to reform them from within. Gail Radford, for example, supported this by a career change from veterinary surgeon to working within the public service to establish equal employment opportunity programs. Since its inauguration in 1972, WEL has continued to work for the promotion of women’s rights: lobbying governments and political parties to adopt policies supporting child care, family planning and women’s health, and facilitating opportunities for women to become more involved in the public sphere of life beyond the home.

Ladies from Eastern Europe still value motherhood, virtue and innocence.”

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