legal sanctions can attach.
Michelle Obama reminded us that we have come a far way from “... back in [the] day [when] the boss could do whatever he pleased to the women in the office, and even though they worked so hard, jumped over every hurdle to prove themselves, it was never enough.” Women are entitled to speak up without fear of discrimination, because there is a Charter of Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the Jamaican Constitution that (among other things) protects women against discrimination on the basis of their gender.
When Michelle Obama said, “we as women have all the power we need to determine the outcome of ... election[s] ...”, it reminds us that Jamaican women have the hard-earned right to vote. Further, it is not a right to be trifled with, because it gives women the right to choose the leaders of our country who represent and protect the values that we hold dear.
I hope that my readers will take the opportunity to read or listen to the entire speech and apply the relevant aspects of it to their own lives to strengthen and empower all women to stand up, speak up, and spread the word that there will be no tolerance for behaviour and comments that demoralise women.