Olivia Wilde is very vocal in the world of women’s rights, and yesterday she got on social media for a unique kind of Twitter poll. She asked people in Twitterverse what they think is preventing women from achieving full equality.
Friends, haters, it is Twitter poll time. What do you think most holds back justice and equality for women? All thoughts welcome!— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) February 7, 2014
That’s a big question, and giving an answer in 140 characters is quite a task. 140 characters don’t allow you to get into the nitty-gritty of the issue, but it can help you start a dialogue. It didn’t take long for people to start responding.
One person pointed to the attacks on women’s reproductive rights as something seriously holding women back. After all, if a woman can’t have control over her own body, which is supposed to belong to her, what can she control?
@oliviawilde Body autonomy/reproductive independence, and the depressing reality that we still aren't considered fully human beings.— Mariah Huehner (@TiredFairy) February 7, 2014
Another person said it was the issue on how boys are brought up to believe and think:
@oliviawilde the manner in which we raise our boys and define "manliness" for them.— Jeb Brovsky (@JebBrovsky) February 7, 2014
Someone else responded by talking about how beliefs can become so ingrained into a society (like negative beliefs about women) that it can hurt progress:
@oliviawilde generations of indoctrination— Andrew E Plotkin (@andreweplotkin) February 7, 2014
The need for more women in leadership roles was brought up:
@oliviawilde Lack of women in leadership roles. When men set policies...— Jen A. Miller (@byJenAMiller) February 7, 2014
The way women are treated by the media was discussed:
@oliviawilde MEDIA. They think they're doing good, but really are only making things worse. Not articulating how to practice paradigm shifts— Hey! It's Mendillo! (@HeyItsMendillo) February 7, 2014
It might not be an official poll, and Twitter might not be the place for long, philosophical conversations, but Olivia is opening dialogue and getting people thinking about the issue. What do you think most holds back justice and equality for women, and what can be done to better the situation? Let us know, and let Olivia know, too!
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