Women’s issues have come a long way in the last couple of decades. Yet, there are still a litany of problems women face more frequently than men, and more solutions are needed to help resolve the conflicts that plague women. The following are just a few:
According to research at the Cleveland Clinic, women suffer greater levels of stress than men. Women are taught that they must be all things, all the time. They attempt to juggle a career with being perfect homemakers. They are also natural caretakers and, therefore, worry and feel guilty when they are unable to keep up. Women need to manage their stress levels, as too much stress can lead to a variety of health issues. To keep their stress in check, women should schedule time to relax and rejuvenate. This can include taking a bath, reading a book or going for a long walk.
By the age of 6, girls become more conscious about their body, and these feelings of not measuring up can intensify, resulting in a life-threatening eating disorder. In fact, many women who develop an eating disorder may
suffer with for the rest of their life. For most women, getting professional help, from sources like the Center for Change, is the only hope for an actual cure. At places like that, women are treated in a safe, restful atmosphere by medical professionals. It’s critical that women with eating disorders be treated as soon as the symptoms materialize.
An astonishing 24 percent of women have experienced violence by a partner during their lifetime. While domestic violence has increasingly become a topic of national conversation, far too many women still live in secret with the shame and stigma of abuse. Women who are being abused must look for support from a trusted friend, and plan a safe escape from the situation. There are numerous hotlines women can call anonymously for help.
In about half the homes in the United States, women are the primary breadwinner. Yet, they continue to make approximately 80 cents for every dollar earned by men – a 20 percent discrepancy. Although women are now more frequently entering professional fields previously occupied mostly by men, the wage gap still exists. Research shows that the poverty level among women would decrease if they were paid the same as men. It’s important to follow the trends and insist that elected officials vote for legislation that would close the wage gap. Not only that, but it is important to support brands and companies that are doing their best to narrow the wage gap.
Living life as a woman is a wonderful thing, but it does come with its trials. If you know anyone who is struggling in their circumstances due to any of the above situations, please reach out to them and let them know that they are supported and loved.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.
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