Women have endured being ignored and oppressed by men since the beginning of time. From the mansplaining to the cat calling, women are often scared into silence.
While we've certainly come a long way, our patriarchal society still has a long way to go before we can claim to have true equality.
Here are 6 times every woman needs to unapologetically speak her mind:
1. In The Bedroom
Studies have revealed time and time again that women are not having orgasms during sex. It's important to let your partner know what will turn you on and help you climax. Sex shouldn't just end after the man finishes; it should end when you've both reached the big O.
2. In The Voting Booth
The Suffragettes fought for your right to vote as a woman, so you better exercise it. Women voters have an extremely influential collective voice, and it's up to you to make sure the political needs of women are being met and protected by our politicians.
3. In The Workplace
In order to completely eradicate the wage gap, women need to take the initiative and start demanding the salaries, raises, and promotions they think they deserve. Breaking the glass ceiling will only happen if women stop passively tolerating their male colleagues getting ahead while they sit on the sidelines.
4. In The Hospital
Whether you're at the gynecologist or just your annual exam, it's important to be blunt with your doctor about your medical history and current needs. Women's health (especially reproductive health) is not something to be taken lightly. Make sure your doctor knows what you need to stay safe.
5. In The Classroom
It's not uncommon for women to report being talked over or ignored during lectures, classroom debates, etc. Whether those silencing you are students or teachers, you should stand up for your right to have an equal opportunity to voice your thoughts and learn as much as any male student.
6. In The Public Sphere
Whether you're participating in the Women's March or just protesting that cat-caller who whistled at you, women deserve the right to safely and comfortably voice their opinions, thoughts, and feelings while in public. Don't let the mansplaining and street harassment scare you into silence.
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