Evan Brown

SAINT JOSEPH, MI – The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been around for a decade now and with 17 films, there are a lot of important characters, locations and plot devices to remember. So here is everything you need to know before you see Infinity War.

In 1845 a convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. After two days of discussion, 100 people, including 32 men signed a document called the Declaration of Sentiments that outlined their believes that women and men should be treated with equality; which marked the first ever women’s convention.

While this was a milestone, it would not be until 75 years later when the 19th amendment was passed and women were able to vote. In 1920, women were finally given a voice in elections, and were able to influence this country’s policies and laws.

The women’s suffrage movement has been a long and rocky road and women today still face discrimination and objectification everywhere.

In essentially every field, women are discriminated against and are often paid less than men. In fact, in a study conducted in 2016 It was found that women were typically paid just 80% of what men were.

Discrimination in the workplace also includes a remarkable lack of women in leadership positions, where most CEOs, COOs, and major leaders are still men. When women are in positions of power, they are often paid less than their male counterparts, and not shown the same amount of respect.

Outside of the workplace, women are often subjected to even more indignities. Sexism in the United States takes many forms, and is not just limited to rude comments or inappropriate behaviors. Women everywhere are seen as objects, less important than men, and not human beings.

In the media, women’s bodies are set to an impossible standard; movies, magazines, and television all contribute to the growing epidemic of eating disorders and low self esteem amongst women and girls.

This is the case in practically every industry, including the one that makes all your favorite superhero movies. It is incredibly difficult for women to break into filmmaking. In 2017, a study showed that only 18% of behind the camera roles (director, cinematographer, producer, etc.) in the top 250 films were filled by women.

Not to mention the objectification women face in blockbuster movies. The Transformers franchise is a prime example of women that are treated as nothing more than eye candy. But even movies where women are given powerful roles aren’t safe. In Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Batman wears full armor, superman wears a full body suit and Wonder Woman wears a short skirt and a low cut armored top.  

Well, you know everything you need to know. And now that you’re all caught up, you can go see Avengers: Infinity War. So after you get your tickets and popcorn, be sure to keep all these things in mind. Bye!