“Women’s fight for equal rights is essentially a humanist and peaceful struggle for true democracy, and a higher form of civilization.”– Leyla Zana, Kurdish politician and human rights activist
I am honored to announce Zap, Pow and Wonder Woman are to be included in South Bay Contemporary’s Fall Show, “Transforming Feminisms.”
September 13, 6 – 9 pm
September 13 – October 25, 2014
October 11, 5 – 7 pm
It is 2014 and violence against women, reproductive rights, and economic fairness continue to be the most significant issues related to gender-specific injustices nationally and globally. Discrimination against women and girls (such as gender-based violence, economic discrimination, reproductive health inequities and harmful traditional practices) remains the most pervasive and persistent form of inequality. The United Nations regards gender equality as a human right. It points out that empowering women is also an indispensable tool for advancing development and reducing poverty.
Termed by historians as the Second Wave of Feminism, activist women of the sixties and seventies succeeded in creating authoritative societal and political changes toward empowering women in the home, the workplace, in issues of legal inequalities, and in reproductive rights. Though primarily in Western countries such as America and France, its accomplishments and influence are felt worldwide. Since the nineties, a new Third Wave of Feminism has emerged that critiques the Second Wave for what it perceives as a predominantly white, Judeo-Christian middle class culture. This Third Wave of Feminism reflects a global view and emphasizes the diversity of ethnicity, religion, gender-orientation, sexuality, and cultural backgrounds of women.