Victoria Chukwuma

Why do women fight for everything

Why do women fight for everything? Recall your reaction to the woman at the mall who shouted at the shop attendant for ignoring her? Did you by chance call her “aggressive ” or wondered if she had a man?

Recently, Editi Effiong asked on Twitter: is there any right women currently have that they didn’t fight and die for?

On the basis of gender, I doubt such a right exist.

For everything we have, or can currently do, some woman had to fight for it. Set a precedent and maybe die for it.

Gwyneth Bebe fought to be recognized as a person:

Meet Gwyneth Marjorie Bebe, an English lawyer who graduated first-class marks in 1911. At that time women were not awarded degrees or allowed to graduate.

In 1913, she and three other women started an unsuccessful legal action, known as Bebb vs. the Law society, claiming that the law society should be compelled to admit them to its preliminary examinations. The judge ruled that women were incapable of carrying out a public function in common law, a disability that must remain “unless and until” Parliament changed the law; put differently, that women could not be solicitors because no woman had ever been a solicitor.

She continued with political and feminist activism even after the passage of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which allowed women to be lawyers.

Still come along, this is where it gets hard.

Widely expected to be the first woman to be called to the bar in England, she died in 1921 from birth complications and was never called to bar.

Question: Why women fight for everything

Answer: Yes, women fight and have to fight for everything.

So when next you stop to wonder if that woman is aggressive for simply trying to be inclusive, ask yourself if there is anything women have, they did not fight for.

Today, I am grateful to women who crawled for us to walk and maybe fly; women like Gwyneth Bebb, the plaintiff in Bebb v. the Law Society, a test case in the opening of the legal profession to women in Britain. Sadly, never lived to see a woman be called to bar or act as a solicitor. In 1913, she sought a declaration before the court to be referred to or seen as a “person” within the Solicitors Act as amended.

Further establishing that based on gender, women have always been seen as second-class citizens and consequently, human beings. As conversations surrounding equality of both sexes continue to pervade our online and offline discourse, we must not forget women like this: who moved motions without precedents, who fearlessly stood when others baulked and at all times remember: that though it may take time, though it may not happen in our lifetime. Still, it may be controversial, the talk on gender equality must not cease.

Reference: Gwyneth Bebb, Wikipedia 






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