Some weeks ago I watched at the cinema the new film called Suffragette. It was an excellent movie with a very profound plot about women´s struggle for the right to vote. Specifically, it was about the suffrage movements like were the suffragettes led by Emmeline Pankhurst, an English political activist who was a prominent figure in this fight to get the right of women to vote, with a clear motto: “deeds, not words”.
This film made me think about this topic and the actual situation of women and men. Because, we have advanced considerably with regards to some years ago, but do we have total gender equality in Spain? Have we really equal opportunities? I think not yet.
It´s true we have more gender equality than in the past, but it is not still a total equality. One key example is the difference between salaries that men earn in comparison with what women get. Women are still paid less than men, being in the 21st century. Yes, incredible! Exactly, we earn 24% less than men, occupying the same job. However, this is only a piece of information about this inequality, since there is a large range of other matters like the impacting number of women who die every year because of the violence against women led by their partners; only in 2015,57 women were murdered, a terrific number… 57 women who could have lived the rest of their lives if it weren´t for their partners and the thought of some people who believe women are inferior than men.
So, there is still a long way to go to get and be able to enjoy a fair society without differences between both sexes in our country and in the rest of the world, too.
The great Emmeline Pankhurst said: “I would rather be a rebel than a slave”.
Daniella Avero Hernández (17)
Student at Colegio Casa Azul (Tenerife)