Yesterday, as a part of the Women’s Rights Club activities, we hosted an info session with the Kadir Has University Faculty of Law’s Dean Şebnem Akipek in our school. She not only made us a presentation on “Women’s Rights in the Turkish Republic over the History”, but also talked about her own experiences in the academic life as a women with a successful career.
As well as talking about controversial topics such as keeping the maternal surname after marriage, she also mentioned the evolution of Turkish Civil Code over time. Personally, I found it surprising that the once “modern” Civil Code (accepted in 1924) contained the phrase breadwinner and put that role/responsibility on the father’s shoulders. In today’s Civil Code, of course this phrase is removed to provide a more equal, gender-neutral and less sexist treatment of citizens. Yet if we think that once the so-called “equal” Civil Code with the breadwinning male received so much criticism on the grounds that it was too radical for the time; we can better understand how much we’ve earned as a society towards equality in the past 100 years.