Rights or Sliced Bread?

In response to Sliced Bread Daily Prompt.

1928 brought us the first pre-sliced packaged bread.  The slicing machine was invented in 1912, but destroyed by fire.  Wonder why it took so long to recreate it.

Sliced bread doesn’t have much of an impact on me.  The changes in society since 1912 have a much greater impact on me.

  • I am a woman and I have the right to vote.  1912 was actually a turning point in Women’s Suffrage.
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was adopted in 1948.  Article 2 “sets out the basic principle of equality and non discrimination as regards the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, forbids “distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”.
  • In September of 1981 Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women was enacted by the UN.  I particularly like Article 6, which calls for women to enjoy full equality in civil law, particularly around marriage and divorce, and calls for child marriages to be outlawed.
  • My pay is becoming more and more equal with men doing the same job.  And thankfully my employer is more advanced at equal pay than the nationwide statistics suggest.  This is still an area for improvement, as the US Department of Labor estimates that women earn $0.81 compared to men’s $1.00.  That is up from 1963 when women earned $0.59 compared to men’s $1.00.

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  • Careers open to me as a woman in 2015 are VAST compared to 1912.  According to History Learning Site, the majority of women were employed as Domestic Servants.

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  • Top 30 Careers for Women in 2013, according to the Women’s Bureau division of the US Department of Labor.

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  • More occupational statistics.

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