This has been the saying I have heard since I began looking at gender equality in a deeper sense. Equality has got society thinking and trying to figure out the role of women in society. Some think that women cannot have society turned from its norms, while others embrace change. Societal views on change are always viewed negatively but the eventual results often turn out to be good. I thought that women were undergoing oppression since childhood but honestly thought that men were better leaders than women when I tried to analyze who ruled the best. Since childhood school years, I have always observed that male leaders were more rational than women.
A Personal experience
However, I always wondered why it is so, however much I felt that women had all capabilities equal to men. In one of our University lectures, a female lecturer instilled a punishment to one of the misbehaving students. We all felt that the extent of punishment was a bit excessive. “Women when leading, they have to be that way,” one student said next to me, and the rest couldn’t help but agree. However, I felt that this couldn’t be so generally agreed upon. My thoughts on equality had been that equality presents women being as capable, strong, and discerning as men. I had supported it for the longest time, and now something seemed to go amiss here. I sat tried to indirectly interview a few people, and the statement has kept coming out, “Women can be supported on equality moves but cannot be given overall leadership because the world will be in chaos.”
History always has a majority of the answers. I chose to go back there. Historically, women were hardly given a chance to lead in many societies. Men always took the lead, and women succumbing to societal views and expectations, have accepted it and seem happy. Extents of bad leadership have still been accepted by women and even in oppression, with the thought that men will always have the final say. Later on, the women are beginning to realize that they can’t keep suffering as they can have an equal chance of enjoying equal liberty as men, having been created equal.
An Example of the Scenario
Scientific researches and daily realizations have proven the inequality idea wrong. Then the question that many seem to disagree with comes up, “Can women be given overall leadership in the quest for equality?” I will give you a small example to look at. In the process of domesticating wild animals, one will first have to capture and isolate the animals. The animals will still be in their wild state and may exhibit hostile characteristics. They have never lived with human beings and have been born and lived in the wild for a very long time. Therefore, they will not be friendly and calm around them. They will behave to seek defense and try pushing human beings away by biting, running away, and even making a lot of noise for fear among other hostile characteristics.
On the other side, human beings may not well understand them and may act to scare them away from hurting them. The animals may, in turn, act more fiercely and unpleasantly. This is because of the new habitat and the negative response from human beings. This leads to a little hostile environment for both, but more for the delocalized animals. If given patience and time, they eventually get used, and the fear and hostility slowly disappear. This takes time, and the eventual result may be a normal environment for both. The animals will not have any repulsive and hostile behavior anymore.
Similarly, women have been born into a society of discrimination and submission on their side. Whenever the environment changes for their good, it needs time for everyone to adapt. They will not get the best time growing. Change is not always easily accepted. This leads them to act a little hostile and in an exaggerated way to get themselves protected.
In many cases, the thought of a hostile society to women leaders is imprinted in their minds, and their actions are driven by a stricter and harsher impulse which is perceived at times as hostile. That is why if you embrace the growth of women’s inequality up to the level just below leadership, it will take society long to complete the equality process. Let them be given leadership, more leadership to the level of equity. They need more chances. The more chances they are given to lead, the more they get used and learn to lead. Soon we will get to the end of the equality journey successfully. If the saying stops, progress will be realized.