With the onset of the pandemic, the warnings began: there is a threat of pullback in terms of equality. The United Nations even quickly spoke of a phantom pandemic for women. The dreaded has now happened. In the poorest countries, for example, girls who have stayed at home because of Covid-19 no longer return to school, and in Germany, too, there is a relapse in the old models. Even in university homes, since the confinements, men have delivered more scientific theses, while women have disappeared from the editorial circus.
Defending the status quo is also going backwards. For women to stand still means a step back because the old order continues to establish itself, because powerful men extend their lead, increase their wealth and influence, while the women are busy struggling for maintenance. of the status quo. Perhaps we should not only have warned against going back from the start, but also asked ourselves: what should women ask for in this crisis to be better afterwards? Who should you ask? How do you bring the women together out loud?
Of course, different social backgrounds are experiencing the pandemic differently, but Corona is a collective experience for women from all walks of life. This collective experience allows them to come out of the privatization of their social problems and to work for a new solidarity with one another.
In almost every woman’s life there comes a time when she asks herself, “Why are you allowing this to be done to you?” Suddenly there is a charge and a billing. If this crisis has brought anything good, it is the simultaneity of this question for a large number of women. Young feminists today understand male hegemony more quickly because of the preparatory work of the older ones. Their feminism is no longer only concerned with women’s issues, they embody anger, for example they confront business leaders with issues of sustainability. Their feminism was born out of the crisis in which they were born, created by the exploitation of the planet. Young feminists are the anti-tech giants: they do not accumulate power or money for their businesses, they spread engagement and use their influence for the common good.
The time has come for fellowship
But the simultaneity of the major crises of the last 18 months is also an opportunity: feminists, young and old, are losing patience. They no longer want to convince men how important feminism is to them and to all areas of social life. Smart men can see it for themselves. The time has come for fellowship. Now is the time for the solidarity that women have feared for decades because they did not want to displease men in decision-making positions.
For most women, the corona crisis has revealed how this society unconditionally accesses the empathy and responsibility of women in times of emergency. The desire to take care of our loved ones and loved ones. If necessary, she puts the women back in their roles from the day before yesterday. Many men also see quitting women as part of their own career planning. From this assault, anger finally grows in many women and with it revolutionary thought: women do what is necessary when they are close to themselves, when they are close to each other. The empathy so invoked can also apply to ourselves.
What society do we want to live in? In what future do we want to age? Women will now give the answers themselves because they have been giving others for them for too long. The flashback will not only push women back into their old roles, it will also trigger anger that will become the engine for further changes as women finally learn to identify with themselves. They think about social injustices, ethnic and sexual discrimination, together they claim a world in which there is room for their needs, for their “so-am-me”. Not until tomorrow, when the crises are over. Women’s time is now.