Recently, a conference was held in Boston, organized by the Women's, Gender and
Sexuality Studies where activists, scholars and artists reflected and reexamined the
revolutionary years of the 1960's and early 1970's. More than 700 people attended. They looked
at the results of the women's rights movement, unfinished business and its relevance today. The
article about the conference, discussed the progress that has occurred since the movement and
what still needs to be done for women's rights worldwide. The evolution of women's rights 1
worldwide since the American Women's' rights movement in the 1960's has led to some action
and other movements, but there are still issues of sexism and abuse of human rights based on
gender around the world. By tracing the present events back to the revolutionary years it reveals
the progress that has been made, how this progress was possible, and the discrimination that
women still face.
There is no doubt that there has been a lot of progress since the 1960's for women's
rights around the globe. In many countries women are getting more human rights, having greater
responsibilities, less restrictions, receiving more opportunities, and facing less discrimination
than before. To show how women have less restrictions than before, at a recent conference in
Saudi Arabia, women were not wearing wearing full head to toe abayas like they normally do.
As changing is taking place in Jeddah, women are getting more opportunities by taking more
significant roles and high power jobs, like lawyers, chief executive of an investment bank, and
running newspapers. Although change is happening in Jeddah, only 600 miles away in Riyadh, a
conservative capital, and it shows how different these two places are. With the open society
places like Jeddah compared to the conservative ways of Riyadh. Even with the conservative
1 Kathleen B. Jones, "Reflections of a Revolutionary Moment," 50.50, accessed May 6, 2014, http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/kathleenbjones/reflectionsofrevolutionarymoment.
views, there is still progress being made. In 2013, the women's unemployment rate in Saudi
Arabia dropped 4% to 32%. Even in the countries where women are most restricted there is still
progress being made. In countries like Iran, where women have suffered cruelty in the past, 2
substantial steps have been taken to make progress for women. Iran's president recently said that
the country will not progress without the help of women. He wondered why some people think
that the presence of women can be seen as a threat, and that he encourages change to help make
women feel safe. The women of Iran should not let women just sit back and let things happen,
they should get involved and should also enjoy equal opportunities as men. He will not allow for
gender discrimination, against women. Officials in Iran agree that women's empowerment aids 3
in economic growth and can be effective resource for...