Sierra Leone Women Demand Equity

Nemaffa Eshun-Baiden, founder of Sierra Leone’s Fifty-Fifty Group is insisting women get equity in July’s elections with a minimum of obtaining at least 30% of seats. During the civil war which overwhelmed the nation, women were raped, abused and enslaved. Cyntia Snyder, a sociology major at Najala University, commented on the issue of equity: “Our men dislike women competing with them, doing the same job and they also ascribe to the belief that a highly educated woman is a threat to a man because she would be argumentive and not respect them.”

Reading Ms. Snyder’s comments made me realize I still hear similar remarks from American women. We have come a long way in some ways, and not so long in others.