As this semester wraps up, it is time for all of us to reflect on our experiences with the WGSST class. I enjoyed taking the class, because it really helped me open my mind, my eyes, and my heart. Before I took the class, I do not think I was narrow minded, I think I was just oblivious to what actually goes on in the “real world.” What did I learn in this class?
Before the class, I thought everyone was treated the same and that everyone had a voice. However, I now know that is not the case. Women are often not treated the same. They have less of a voice, receive less pay, and are seen as weak compared to men. Women are not the only ones that are deprived in today’s society, but so are other minorities, such as African Americans, homosexuals, or the poor. I thought that all neighborhoods were created equally as far as the area goes, but some people are put at an automatic disadvantage by being exposed to pollutants and toxins. This class was beneficial, because now I am much more aware of the differences in how people are treated.
If this class has taught me anything, it has taught me that people are always going to have to work at being considered the same as someone else. It is never going to be easy, but fighting for equality is one of the most important fights a person will ever go face. People are rarely seen as equals and I am not sure why. I know that in order to fix this problem, I can stand up and speak out against the inequalities people face. I can voice my opinion if my workplace ever has pay discrepancies. I can participate in the brides march and speak out against domestic violence. I can support breast cancer research by participating in the Race for the Cure or by buying products that support the cause. If a company does something that I do not agree with, such as have workers work in a sweatshop, then I can stop buying their products and let others know. No matter the inequality this country presents us with, we will always have the opportunity to stand up against it.
Having a voice is the best way to stand up for what we believe in. I will always voice my opinion and stand up for what I believe especially when it pertains to issues regarding equality. There is not one thing that makes one person superior to the other. Even with all of the adversity we are faced with, we can always persevere and overcome this to make people of all genders, races, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations equal. That is what I learned this semester in the WGSST class.