Traditional communities valued the male more than the female gender. It was common to find women undertaking heavy tasks with tight responsibilities that drove their families and communities in a progressive direction. With modern civilization, this norm is slowly eroding from most societies and liberal measures are being adopted to recognize the importance of the female gender. In essence, there are societies which traditional oppression of the female gender is considered an illegal act and this defies various cultural norms as evidenced in most modern communities.
Conservative communities have barred female members from contributing or taking part in any political activity that affects the society. For instance, there are communities that prohibit women from membership in political activities that serve as a conflict mitigation process. In such societies, women are not expected to be within a council of elders who resolve marital conflicts involving married people (Cornwall & Rivas, 2015). However, there are liberal societies where civilization protects the female gender from political oppression. For instance, female leadership is being supported in the international community to include a two-third gender rule for leadership in public offices. Fortunately, most developing countries such as Brazil and India, the two-thirds gender rule is gradually implemented as most female leaders have protected rights of holding a public office. Women are involved in political procedures that affect the entire population of a community irrespective of gender composition.
Additionally, some societies did not recognize economic roles and responsibilities of the female gender. This was evident in employment practices whereby most males were preferred for certain job positions to their female counterparts. For instance, technical jobs such as mechanical engineering are reserved for male applicants due to the blurred perception that diminishes the capabilities of women in such environments (Yip et al., 2015). Moreover, there are employers who believe that the male gender is more competent in detailed job positions due to their masculine ability to execute a specific task with perfection. However, it is prudent to acknowledge that modern measures are being adopted to avoid female oppression in the economic front. This is evident in Google LLC, which terminated an employment contract of a senior engineer who criticized the role of female employees in the tech industry.
Social recognition has begun to appreciate the female gender in most contemporary communities. Social activities in different cultures and traditions ensure that there is a transformed collective contribution from the female gender. In India, for instance, women aged between 10 and 50 years are now allowed to visit temples. Traditionally, it was believed that they could contaminate the holiness of worshiping areas during their monthly periods (Cornwall & Rivas, 2015). Modern practices, however, have shown that the female gender is as equal as their male counterparts concerning social activities that affect the community. The Supreme Court of India ruled that women of all age brackets should be allowed to visit the Temples as the Freedom of Worship should be enjoyed by all members of the Indian community.
As noted in the above analysis, the female gender is receiving warm reception in most contemporary communities. Legislative measures are being adopted to protect the female gender from political and economic exploitation to realize the benefits of its full implementation. Essentially, social justice is being transformed to provide an amicable mechanism on which the female gender can agitate for equal recognition with their male counterparts in most communities. Human rights are now protected in both for the well-being of all members in most society.
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Yip, P. S., Yousuf, S., Chan, C. H., Yung, T., & Wu, K. C. C. (2015). The roles of culture and gender in the relationship between divorce and suicide risk: A meta-analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 128, 87-94.