Living in the 21st century is not as challenging as living in the 60s and 70s. Back then women were encouraged to stay home and take care of their husbands and children. They were not encouraged to work, and it was normal for men to treat women like their maid. Women were not supposed to have a high level of education and when they entered the work field, they would get stares and stereotypical way of treatment from men, as if women are not qualified to be working and cannot be successful. During that period, women had to really struggle, especially single mothers who had to work to support her family. Just imagine the fact that they are looked down on by men, they could not achieve certain success because men think they could not and men even made it harder for women to work through it. Tragic, isn’t it? But nowadays, we are no longer living like that. Women nowadays empowered each other better and stronger. We could not see our sisters being mistreated poorly especially by men. Does not matter what issues they encountered, we believe that women can strive to be successful and there are many successful women as proof if you were to ask me such as Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Prime Minister.
There are many kinds of extreme fields that women have joined in this 21st century and shook off the stereotypical way of men’s thinking that women cannot, including restaurant management, banking, and accounting, oil and gas engineering, and website development. If you do not know, website development in the 21st century has become one of the demanding jobs nowadays, they even have those web developer awards Malaysia and top 3 web design marketing agencies Malaysia for people who are really good in website development and web design, and also if they are working under an agency or a company. Furthermore, in Malaysia, there are also top 5 game development Malaysia for women or girls that are into gaming and building a game. Believe it or not, women and girls are into games as addicted as boys and men and that as well should be okay.
Different genders should not define our capabilities and success. Women do not get bitter or petty by men’s success, especially if we know they work through it with honesty and their own efforts. Because we cannot deny, how dirty men can get when they want their own success and they could never admit that they are willing to do it without getting their hands dirty. As women, we are used to working and living with honor and integrity. That is how much respect we have for ourselves. Of course, we do get dirty at times and we definitely can. But who can deny the satisfaction of true success comes from honesty, integrity, and strong determination? At the end of the day, we live for ourselves, and what we believe in. How can we live with knowing that our success is not based on our own struggles?
To summarize, we women have so many potentials and to give it out to our people, to the country and now we simply can because successful women in previous centuries made that happened for us. They have struggled, they have fought mentally and verbally, and they fought hard, so that, we can live a better life and have a better environment. Therefore, I believe we should make good use of what we have now and strive for a better future. Because even so, we are still not safe, and we are not secure with having men around us, there are just too many trust issues and not only in terms of relationships. There are still women who got slaughtered, raped, and murdered. What about the ones who got victimized, bullied, mentally, and physically? Honestly, we are still not. Even if we would like to imagine having a baby girl in the future also scares us.
We can still fight, there are many women who spread awareness on women empowerment, who create a safe space for women to talk about their issues, legitimately would be there for all these girls that need help, just so we women could feel safe, needed and accepted.