Feminism can be defined as a social movement that calls for equal rights for women either politically, socially or economically mostly in public arenas. It is a call for equal treatment of women with their male counterparts. The year 1920 marked a major milestone to the fate of women suffrage rights when the ban for voting was lifted to make them actively participate in politics. Since then, there has been tremendous increase of women movements championing for more rights in America. Women had long been discriminated from main stream economy by their male counter parts. Women movements rose up to the challenge to show the world that they had equal capacity of participating actively in national issues like their male counterparts giving rise to feminism. Islamic phobia is the general feeling of the insecurity with Muslim population in the United States of America. Islamophobia is manifested in many ways during major social interactions between Muslim population and Americans. Some refer islamophobia as an irrational fear while others hold to the opinion that, Islam religion is characterized with violence and terror. Mostly, islamophobia is preached by elites who argue that, for secure world slams have to be checked lest world would be in havoc. It is belief that has been accepted by most Americans hence eliciting fear of unknown when interacting with Muslims. Muslims have being associated with matters of insecurity to the state this association is what is believed to be the major contributor to islamophobia. The essay is guided by the thesis that, feminism has reached crescendo of achievements while on the other hand, islamophobia is a giant of a problem which may not be fully addressed in future. (Sandra 427)
To address the issue of feminism, it is important to note that the ratio of male to female in America is approximately 49% to 51% respectively. Women have continued to fight for their rights since early 20th century however a break through was achieved after they were granted suffrage rights in 1920 (samara 135). This opened the way forward to women participating in politics actively, which included elective posts. Some women continued to express dissatisfaction from their exclusion in major state discourses and took initiative to take part in the new enlightenment issues of liberty, democracy, and freedom which were presupposed to be men’s business. As expressed by Sandra (427), in United States women rights have been addressed beyond reproach. It is worth noting that out of the 50 states in America, 45 have in one time or another, been under a woman representative more so, 17 out of 100 senators in the Obama administration are women (Sandra, 427)
Women have found their way to national politics through legitimate elections over years. In actual figures, a total number of 246 women have served in America congress, 158 democrats, and 88 republicans. This shows that America is a true representation of mature feminism where by women not only have rights to participate in electing leaders but also have the trust of the American people as equal representative of issues at the national level (Sandra 427).
On the appointment of member’s of different boards the law requires the appointing authorities to observe the issue of balanced gender. Women legally have the opportunity to be appointed in key decision making organs in counties and senates. These positions make sure that the women’s opinions are heard in the boardrooms. Some of these board decisions also need voting to endorse a conflicting issue. Women are given an opportunity to choose according to their conscious without coercion from the authorities. The list of board members that is devoid of gender balance in America, is not legally binding. The intensity that women issues are addressed in America is of high degree such that they are lobbied for during key decision making elections. When women are elevated to such organizations they represent what feminism movements were fighting for (Sandra 427).
Women’s representation in government offices is a show of a success story of feminism movements in America. Four women have been appointed in the Obama administration as secretaries to show the sprit of respecting gender balance in the cabinet. One of the powerful positions is the secretary for state held by Clinton. According to Samara (135), six women were appointed as secretaries to cabinet with each having 3 women as secretaries. Since then, Obama administration has added the number to four. Women as cabinet members have the opportunity to serve at the executive arm of government. Since they were approved by the two houses to serve the executive, it is clear that women have a key role in American politics. As expressed by Samara (135), history has proven that year after year women have filled the executive powerful posts e.g. Napolitano held a powerful secretary post of homeland security. Women have also received considerable appointments in other posts in executive like envoys, senior security personnel’s and representative of several public institutions (Samara 135)
Within the private sector, women have recorded rise in CEO jobs compared to the previous years where they were performing behind the podium. Women in top posts no longer mind the fact that they are women. They perform like their male counter parts and compete effectively with them like any other CEO’s (Samara 135).
Feminism however have some acceptable flaws in the extent to which feminism has damaged family setting with the draconian marriage laws is a point of concern. Feminism oriented laws have altered justice system by of assuming that men are always wrong in family feuds. It creates belief that fathers are guilty until proven innocent. When proven guilty, fathers are denied their right to fatherhood and are snatched away their resources in the name of child provision. This has a negative effect to the up bringing of children who are brought up in a single mother set up (Samara135). When feminism is treated as affirmative action, it has unfair implications to family setting. Claiming that women are equal to men and then afterwards calling for affirmative action is a double standards. If they are equal then let them compete with men without special provisions. One thing feminism has done is creating room for women where they don’t deserve. It creates advantage to the disadvantage of male counterparts (Samara 135).