Women around the world continue to have to fight for equality. In the past year, we’ve seen women stand up for themselves in very public ways. Women have marched against one of the most openly misogynistic, divisive leaders the US has seen in a long time; they’ve spoken out against powerful men who grossly abuse that power; and they’ve pushed back against powerful corporations with patriarchal reward systems, rife with institutional and outright sexism. Women have shown great courage, and have banded together.
Of course, women have done this before (throughout history, in fact), but I think what we’re tackling now are some forms of “invisible” oppression: oppressive behaviors and actions of people in a society that says those behaviors and actions are acceptable (news flash: they’re not). These are behaviors and actions that have been insidiously threaded through social norms, religion, politics, and culture for centuries.