Why Equal Rights Laws Are The Single Most Important Issue Of Our Times

Equal rights laws easily come ahead of environmentalism–the two burning issues of our time. But, while some sectors ignore the environment in the name of progress, these days, it’s getting harder and harder to ignore equal rights laws. Just take a look at women’s rights which are currently such a hot topic in the developed world.

The recent rash of unwanted sexual advances against women isn’t an indicator that such a foul practice is on the rise. On the contrary, an increasing number of women are waking up to the realization that they should report all forms of sexual abuse that they experience in the workplace and beyond. The good news is many men are turning into feminists.

Just some examples are former U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The latter politician’s reasoning behind going feminist is simple. Trudeau simply explains that a lot of things can get easier than they are when women are recognized as equal partners.

Trudeau recently apologized to the LGBT community for all the harm caused by not allowing the sector to join military service. Earlier, he had also been apologetic about the alleged marginalization of aboriginal Indians in Canadian society particularly in the education sector. While apologies cannot rectify all the harm that’s been done, these actions reflect the growing sensitivity among high-profile politicians to recognize the rights of all sectors of society.

And so no matter how awful things are looking right now, what with all these looming mass actions of white supremacy and black rights movements–these are all healthy things for democracy. As Thomas Jefferson said before, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. After all, rights don’t always come on a silver platter.

The feminist movement, for example, had to fight for decades before the ladies attained critical mass. In fact, many of the females in the population took some convincing before they even realized that the battle was being waged in their favor. Even the rights of the mass media are on trial at the present time. They are being tested by anĀ American president who sure knows how to use publicity as well as social media to challenge the so-called Fifth Estate. When the dust finally settles, only time will tell if every sector of society will be happy with the results.

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