Reforms from movements like the labor, feminist, civil rights and environmental movements, have significant impact on our culture. The efforts and collective action of movements produced enormous change. If it were not for the labor movement efforts that began in the early 1900s, worker conditions could still be subject to the atrocities employees faced that included: (a) poor wages, (b) the inequality of salaries due to gender and race, (c) unhealthy work conditions, and (d) grueling long hours; in addition to the forced endangered child labor population of these conditions.
On the other hand, the feminist movement based their grievances on a status change rather than a social one, like the labor movement that progressed out of the civil rights campaign. The feminist movement had a profound impact on women in our country. It introduced a new mold for the female archetype which helped transform the traditional expectations of women that comprised domestic responsibilities, parenting and rules on their femininity. The significant consequences reflect a world that has embraced a new paradigm, one in which the female population can enjoy equal pay, pursuing their passions, decide their own careers, experience political rights, and seek higher education. The independent feminine spirit has emerged, with more women being featured in prominent leadership roles in the global network, political arena, as well as in the corporate arena.
Reforms following the September 11th terrorist attack have also produced profound effects with colossal impact. Many consequences emerged from that historic tragic event, including the most noteworthy: the manifestation of systems that focus on exposing individuals private lives. Organizations like Homeland Security and the National Counter-terrorism Center, have implemented more systems in intelligence collecting, surveillance, closer cargo inspections, the correlation of information and other activities to target and constrict opportunities for infiltration by plotting terrorists. Other more invasive maneuvers include patting down and stripping young children and wheel chair individuals at various airports and other ports of entry and worldwide. The human agency, in short, is scrutinized more closely from satellites in space, cameras posted all around our cities, remote-controlled flying cameras; mobile phones; computers and even credit cards (Icke, 2012).
Reforms in the mortgage and loan industry outlined by the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act of 2010 (Mortgage Reform, 2012) were constructed to hone in on unsound and deceptive lending practices. Additionally, it helps people by providing them disclosure forms that educate borrowers on the mortgage and loan process.
Finally, progressive movements that seek reform in the food industry, are responsible for exposing atrocities inflicted from various farming organizations of the inhumane conditions in which they conduct business. These changes include free range farms that allow animals to live a more abundant natural life rather than those designed by the mass production farm lots of the meat industry where livestock is considered a commodity rather than living sentient beings that bond with their family unit. These animals traditionally enjoy close relationships. Free range farms are a colossal improvement from the feedlots concerned with profit and mass production. Some of the poor conditions include: the minuscule size of animal quarters, where each individual animal’s movements (chickens, pigs, cows and calves – which satisfy the needs of the veal industry) are confined and constrained in diminutive cages. Some farms cut off the tips of the fowls beaks to prevent from pecking and harming each other due to the brutality of their environment. In addition, research suggests the health and well-being of the human population has been affected from the antibiotics and hormones fed to the livestock. Medical studies reveal there is a link in human diseases such as osteoporosis, miscarriages and birth defects due to the pesticides and chemicals added to the diet of the livestock in these industries, to keep their animals healthy and substantive in size with the intent of producing larger volumes of meat products that yield heftier profits (Robbins, 1987).
This research outlines just a few examples of how reforms can materialize from the passion and energy of movements that continues to shape our world. When we ponder these changes we must consider what our world may look like down the road as a result of the next generation’s influence and the appetites that guide them.
Mortgage Reform. (2012, July 19). Retrieved from The New York Times Opinion Pages: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/opinion/mortgage-reform-continued.html?_r=0