Women’s rights activists suggest real change could be coming

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — This week, women were making headlines for many different reasons. From Hillary Clinton being the presumed Democratic party nominee, to the Stanford assault victim’s statement going viral and new findings regarding the wage gap – there has been a lot of talk highlighting inequalities and injustices women face.

“The greatest injustice in society is discrimination towards women,” said Kari Winter, the University at Buffalo Director for the Gender Institute.  She cites lack of economic opportunities, the wage gap and violence toward women as the biggest issues females continuing facing.

“It’s important because eveyone who cares about other people would care,” said Winter who adds she feels there is an increase in people discussing and noticing these topics.

“I think we need to see that rise up from the grassroots and become more prevalent,” said Katharine Smith, the President for the Buffalo Niagara chapter of New York State Women Inc.

Smith says seeing Hillary Clinton rise through the ranks and become a political front runner gives her hope that change is coming.

“You have to say this is a good thing,” said Smith. “It does put women on the same standing finally as men.”

“I think there’s a good chance that we’re going to move in a very positive direction partly because we have to,” starts Winter as she looks to the future of women’s rights. “We cannot continue – our economy, the world’s economy cannot continue the way it is. There needs to be more justice.”

And while the director says she feels the United States has a long way to go until women are viewed and treated equally, she feels progress is happening.

“The solution to many of the worlds problems today is to empower women,” said Winter. “I am optimistic but I think it would be overly optimistic to say we’re there yet.”

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