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Autor:  anton  14 November 2010
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As the title of this paper states, "How our World is Changing" our world is constantly changing. Our world changes everyday without most of us ever seeing or noticing any changes, but as we look back in history we can see some tremendous changes. As history is studied these changes become apparent and truly jump out and become real.

Out of all the changes in our history, some of the most significant changes that have made an impact include; women's rights, civil rights and religion. Women and people of color have made several steps toward earning equal rights over the past forty years. World religions are as diverse as the individuals that participate in them.

Women have had quite a few hurdles to get over since the 1950's. In 1958 the proportion of women attending college in comparison with men was 35 percent. (Friedan,

369) Women were supposed to be happy and content at home taking care of her family. In the late 1950's, many women began to feel they needed more, and so a movement was started.

Women were drawn into the work place in the 1960's when the economy expanded and rising consumer aspirations fueled the desire of many families for a second income. By 1960, 30.5 percent of all wives worked and the number of women graduating from college grew. (Echols, 400) Women soon found they were being treated differently and paid less then their male co-workers.

In the mid 1970's, cities began to have women applying for firefighter positions and by the late 1970's, cities began hiring women as firefighters. This was only a small victory for women. Dealing with the men in a male dominant department would be an even bigger struggle for women. (Seattle)

A sexual harassment survey was conducted in 1995 with 551 women firelighters responded. The survey revealed that 88% of the women had experienced sexual harassment. 73% of the women stated they had been treated differently in negative ways, from their male co-workers. (Sexual Harassment) In 1999, a longer survey was given and the percentages increased when women were asked if they had experienced any sexual harassment.

I have heard quite a few men say that women cannot do the job because they are not strong enough. Being a Firefighter today takes more brains then 20 years ago. The ability to be a clear thinker is one of the biggest assets a firefighter must have today. Very few firefighters ever need to be rescued by a single firefighter, because firefighters always work with at least one partner.

I also hear how this is a man's job and women just do not belong. Attitudes like this just brew bitterness between males and females. If these attitudes do not change we will never change. I try to put an end to rumors and explain why I believe women do belong as members of the Fire service.

I have a tendency to feel empathy toward the "underdog" and I am hoping to turn around the aged idea that women cannot do the work of a fire "man". Other minorities have had similar struggles (and all too often still are) in the past. Women as well as blacks and Latinos still have a lot of work ahead in order to overcome all the injustices that get in their way.

Similar to the fight women are having, other minorities are still fighting for their equality today. Forty years ago the Civil Rights Act passed and people are still discriminated against only because of the color of their skin.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the United States was landmark legislation. The original purpose of the Bill was to protect black men from discrimination, but at the last minute in an attempt to kill the bill, it was expanded to include protection for women. Affirmative action was then created out of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It actually went into effect out of an Executive order that was delivered by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. He wanted to do more than what the non-discrimination laws of the time were trying to accomplish. He also wanted to see minorities and women get a better chance at advancement in their current jobs. (Affirmative Action) Affirmative action was put into place to help groups considered by some to be victims of social discrimination, "preferential" or "equal" (depending on one's point of view) access to an environment or benefits, such as education, employment, health care or social welfare. (Racism)

Everyday minorities are being treated better. Employers must follow the laws set and make sure all of their employees know these laws, and that they are complying with the laws. Men and women must all be treated equally no matter what their race, religion, age, disability, national origin, or ancestry.

When guidelines are written, the top management must believe and follow these guidelines. There must be no tolerance allowed when talking about discrimination or harassment. Problems dealing with discrimination must be dealt with swiftly.

Training must also be a consideration if employers truly believe in the program and want the program to work. This training will continually remind everyone discrimination and/or harassment will not be tolerated. The review of case studies would also be a true wake up call for some and let violators know what will happen and how severely this is handled.

Women, blacks and Latinos will continue to have problems until everyone decides to stand aside and let women, blacks and Latinos work where they want.

I am currently mentoring an African American male that is trying to become a Firefighter. During this process I have learned that it has been eight years since the Wichita Fire Department has hired an African American. During the last eight years the department has hired eight Latinos and three women. It is apparent that the City needs to do more recruiting of blacks.

Less than a year ago the fire department hired Francisco Banuelos, its first Spanish speaking recruit. Francisco is now a firefighter and has proven himself a very valuable asset to the Fire Prevention Division. The Fire Prevention Division has used him to reach the Spanish speaking community around Wichita and especially in North Wichita. Francisco has also been interviewed by a local Latino paper and he has done a fire education radio spot on 106.5 to help the Spanish speaking community in and around Wichita. Having people aware the fire department is diverse with our people makes it a place for everyone to be welcome.

Throughout our Spanish class we learned the cultures of many Spanish speaking people. This education has helped me understand and help the diverse needs of all individuals. I plan on taking every opportunity to help pass on my experience from this class to teach others I work with.

Having a diverse fire service is important when providing services to a diverse community. Being diverse a diverse fire service is more than gender, color or religion; it serves as a reminder that each of us have unique differences that need to be respected.

Religions vary as much as the people involved do. There are a few common similarities to most religions. First, all religions have leaders and followers. Second, most believe in an after life with a divine entity. Finally, religion will always start an argument. Even with their similarities there are more differences than can be written. Religions make people different, just like their gender and the color of their skin, and this difference must be respected.

What would our World be like if we did not have the courageous women and people of color taking a stand for their dream of equality? Or, the dream to care for thousands of unwanted poor and dying people? Or, the idealist who developed their dream? What if these people had been too tired to follow their dream? What if we get too tired, or we let someone get in our way?

What will our class CJP #28 do with the information that we are graduating with? I pray the information will be used to shape our families, then our families will shape our neighborhoods, then our neighborhoods will shape our cities, then our cities will shape our counties, then our counties will shape our state, then our state will shape our county and our county will shape our World. It will not happen tomorrow, but I believe it will happen.

As history has shown over and over it only takes one person to start a change. I wonder what our world would be like if we did not have Betty Friedan, Martin Luther King Jr., or each one of us?

References

1. Major Problems in American History Since 1945, The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan.

2. Problems in American History Since 1945, Woman's Liberation and Sixties / Radicalism, by Alice Echols.

3. Sexual Harassment: Women Firefighters' Experiences,

www.wfsi.org/SHsurvey.html

4. Seattle Municipal Archive Exhibit, Women in City Government,

www.ci.seattle.w.a.us/City Archives/Resourses/WomenExhibit.html

5. Racism, http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Racism

6. Affirmative Action And Discrimination What is affirmative act..., www.instant-essays.com/legal_issues/affirmative-action-and-discrimination.shtml



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