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In the Woman's Empire

Four decades have passed since the women's liberation movement. Nearly half a century later, can we say that women achieved their mission? Are their lives better today? What level of satisfaction do they have in their personal, family, and professional lives?

In the seventies, women took up a movement of emancipation to become free from the yoke of man. They fought against male dominance and the patriarchal society that kept women in slavery and subordination levels, against discrimination in the education of females vs. males, against laws and customs that forced women to follow their husband’s place of residence and to be submissive and obedient to their husbands, against unpaid domestic work, and against raising children alone. They declared slogans of equality, freedom, free love, work and economic independence, and birth control.

Armies of women worldwide went to college and fought men side by side to earn a place in the intellectual, professional, and political life. Women fought the male supremacy and conquered vast tracts of reason and intellect. They founded their empire, which was consolidated in the visions of the late twentieth century, and they took over male mentality.

The manipulated men had to adapt to their new role. The new conquerors imposed their law. It was the end of male domination, the rule of man, and a new rule emerged: The Empire of Women.

Inspired by this liberationist movement, I confronted my father's authority. The family gatherings flowed into combat. I defended my desire for freedom, autonomy and independence, and my father, from the position of a conservative patriarch, defended the sensitive and privileged position of women: the honor of the female.

As a legal scholar and legislator, politician and brilliant scholar, my father had fun with the debate, and apart from the times in which he exercised his authority to stop my desire for freedom, he enjoyed contradicting the feminist slogans. He cited the news of the day, confirming that the woman's brain was smaller than that of men, "See,” he said ironically, “Scientists say there is no doubt the woman's brain weighs less than men’s. Therefore, they can not be the same.”

“Look daughter,” he would say. “What is certain is that women cannot be equal to men just because of motherhood. My dear, don’t you realize that in this struggle women are becoming more chained? Don’t you realize you are losing privileges?”

Years later I remembered my father’s reflections and I understood him.

Women now have a double shift on their back, and they fight to vindicate their right to care for their children because this is now considered a minor chore. They must negotiate with their husbands the right to stay home. Men settled in their dominions, and many are marginalized in the labor competition, so they prefer the quiet stay at home. Women lose their land and privileges, which used to be their right.

Motherhood is postponed. Diseases and masculine vices plague them, and they no longer cultivate the virtues of the women of the past. The ancient wisdom of grandmothers is silenced by the arrogant intelligence of career women, and the man is silent today. He reconciles differences or simply abandons the battlefield, and he has joined the growing ranks of the third sex.

The tasks that used to be performed by a single woman’s wisdom and love are now performed by qualified specialists. Marriage falls apart at the first obstacle, and promises of love are forgotten at the sound of the first siren. Children come and go from home to home, having to call the current partner their spouse or parent, and an army of lonely men and women are installed in our societies.

Women had some achievements in the revolution, no doubt, but where is the voice of women on the world stage? Whose example are they following? What is their contribution to building a better world? This is now their new challenge.

Translation by Maria Cuellar. See original article here.

Comments

jodelight's picture

feminism

Hello Luz,

I found your thoughts on women's liberation quite interesting. I do agree that the path has changed significantly due to women's liberation. I know that women's roles have been altered and also expanded. Women's roles are evolving and changing as we speak. Women are now taking on roles of career and family. I find in amazing that many women are working double time.
The irony to me, is that men could say that women are not as capable as men. It seems to me, that women are not just as capable, they are doubly capable. I know that the struggle for women's lib is continuing and expanding around the world. I am amazed by women who have taken bold steps to change the women's rights around the world.
Continue on courageous women!

Nusrat Ara's picture

A thought provoking write up.

A thought provoking write up. Keep up the deabte. I agree with u . It is getting tougher for women as they have to work at home as well as in the offices derived of some previleges. What is to be decided is what is worth keeping and what is worth losing.\

Love

Nusrat

LUZ MARINA JARAMILLO's picture

Thank you, Nusrat!

It´s true! Thanks, Nusrat!

Love

Luz Marina

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Edgy op-ed

Luz,

This is an edgy and thought-provoking op-ed.

How do you feel about your own situation as a mother and professional woman? Would you give up the latter to a full-time caregiver?

I would love to hear how other women feel about their own situations and if the benefits of women's rights outweigh the consequences for them.

For me, I cannot imagine being a stay-at-home mom. I love working. At the same time, I feel that the structure of a typical work day robs me of quality time with my boys. We wake up, get ready, rush out the door to work and daycare, come home, eat dinner, play a little with Jonah, put him to bed, do our daily chores, and then maybe, just maybe, we relax for about an hour before going to bed ourselves.

Jonah on the other hand, gets to play, explore, and learn with two little girls, five days a week. So while it lasts, he's got the sweet life!

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

Thanks for your comments....

See English version of this comment here.

...Tal vez lo que quiero decir es que la mujer no necesita permiso para mandar y gobernar...

...Pienso que a pesar que la mujer es igual al hombre y así lo ha demostrado... seguimos viviendo bajo el Imperio de los hombres. ¿Por qué?

Tal vez, lo que estoy diciendo es que, a pesar que la mujer ha demostrado suficientemente que es igual al hombre, que es tan capaz como el hombre, no lo ha demostrado en la realidad diaria. Es quizás un rezago de su supuesta inferioridad respecto al hombre...

Si miramos el panorama mundial, son escasos los ejemplos de mujeres en el poder, y aunque escasos, indudablemente meritorios: Angela Merckel en Alemania, Michelle Bachelet en Chile, Cristina Fernández en Argentina, Margaret Thatcher en el Reino Unido, Indira Gandhi en la India, Benazir Bhutto en Pakistán... la Reina Isabel en España, Golda Meir en Israel, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf en Liberia, Mary Robinson y Mary McAleese en Irlanda, Vaira Vike-Freiberga en Letonia, Gloria Macapagal en Filipinas, Tarja K. Halonen en Finlanda... también podemos hablar de Hillary Clinton y Michelle Obama en los Estados Unidos, Evita Perón en la Argentina.... Catalina la Grande en Rusia, Policarpa Salavarrieta y Manuela Beltrán en Colombia....

Pero.... ¡es tan escasa su presencia!

¿Hasta cuándo va a permitir LA MUJER que sean los hombres quienes hablen por ella? ¿Hasta cuándo vamos a permitir que sean los hombres quienes nos gobiernen?

¡Basta ya, Mujer!
¡Es la hora de las mujeres!
El mundo necesita que las mujeres manden, para que en verdad el mundo cambie en todos los rincones del orbe.

Es hora ya que la mujer mande, en el Gobierno, en las empresas, en las universidades, en el campo :¡es el tiempo de LA MUJER!

Mujeres....!¡ Levantemos nuestra voz contra la injusticia, contra la guerra, el odio, la pobreza, la discriminación!

¡Que se escuche nuestra voz en todos los rincones del mundo... contra la opresión y la violencia!

Las mujeres podemos mostrar al mundo que tenemos un Proyecto de Vida tan diferente al Proyecto de los hombres.

Las mujeres de todo el mundo buscamos la paz para nuestros hijos, la equidad, la justicia, la solidaridad, la fraternidad, el amor... ¡LA PAZ!

¡MUJERES DE TODO EL MUNDO : ¡ UNÍOS!

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Oigo tu trompeta!

Me uno a usted. Hagamos el sonido de la llamad!

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

LUZ MARINA JARAMILLO's picture

Great!

Thank you, Jennifer!

Khushbu's picture

Great

Hi Luz

This is a very thought-provoking article. While you are right that the women's liberation movement has brought liberty, and freedom for women, but at the same time, it certainly has put a double load on them. But i love the way it is. I love the fact that a woman can be a boss at the office, and yet go home, and be the nurturer of so many lives. That is the spirit of womanhood, and thats what makes us special.

I am sure you agree!

Love
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

LUZ MARINA JARAMILLO's picture

Certainly!

That´s true....I also love the way we can work... I agree with you...

Love

Luz Marina

Jenny Donovan's picture

Great

Wow! I never thought life had to be as competitive as you describe it. I have always felt that God's design was that men and women are equal and each sex had its own functions. If you want to be the king, go ahead. None of my male friends look at any of this as a contest with women trying to take their jobs. My daughter is a strong independent woman who has been teaching for over 25 years and loves what she does. The job she loved the most, however, was her days as a stay at home mom raising her four sons. casino en ligne

LUZ MARINA JARAMILLO's picture

Very interesting...

I appreciate your comment Jenny. your perception is so interesting...!

Thank you!

Luz Marina

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