How would the world change if there was perfect gender equality?

“An equal world is an enabled world”


Women’s Rights is a very ethical topic that’s surrounded by the idea of equality and includes a lot of progressive history . While a number of  systems have helped, others have assisted in preventing women rights. Women in America have seen much improvement in our modern-day society regarding Women’s Rights, but what about the ladies in less economically stable countries? Women still fight against abuse, hatred, and discrimination worldwide.

Holley Ledbetter
Teacher at King’s Academy, a former student at Academia

My Changemaker Interview

Holley Ledbetter

What was our work culture like 10 years ago for women and working mothers?What do you believe has changed?

“I can only speak for academia, but no there were barely any female teachers in the school community. My discipline, art  history, is pretty female dominated, and has been however the males in the field, are often the ones that hold the leadership positions. Like Department chairs, editors of collected volumes, publishing industry etc. Women in academia were not supported in terms of balancing work and their desires , if they decided to have a family and to certain extent today. Because it’s technically impossible to publish books, and raise a household.”

Why are feminine archetypes important to understand? 

“I think it’s important to understand them, in order to push back against them, and so I think we should understand them as they seem to be reductive and stereotypical. But the greatest way to combat them is by understanding in order to reveal how a women shouldn’t fall into a certain archetype.”


Can you share your personal icons of empowered women and what sets them apart? 

“Let me prefece this by saying that I do not fully align myself with her politics, but I fully recognize the work that Hillary Clinton made for all women I terms of leadership and voice in the political process for women in the United States. I believe that it is important to be able to see yourself represented in the world, such as Clinton being a part of the political process. Meghan McCarthy stands out to me to not being a part of the stereotypical society. My PHD Advisor, she’s sort of a fierce force of nature in the field of  Islamic art, she’s really pushing the boundaries of what discipline can do and I really admire that. I admire my mom not because she is the most inspiring women I’ve ever met, but because she created a space for it to be okay for me to be whatever woman I wanted to be.”

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  1. April 26, 2020 by Charlotte

    Hi Raya! Thank you so much for covering this topic, its really important to me personally and I think awareness is one of our best tools as women. Given I am from a community that pushes women to overcome inequalities and fight against them, your presentation served as a reminder that there is work to be done and that there are important ways for females to engage and work together to overcome these indifferences.

  2. April 26, 2020 by Panna Szabó

    Hi Raya, I really loved reading about your topic and presentation. I, unfortunately, live in a community where women are still seen as less and are often believed to be much weaker. Due to this your project so interesting and empowering and it really made me wonder how I could help deal with this problem in an effective way in my own community. Great job overall!

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