An important social change in your country - Cue Card # 628

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an important social change in your country.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • how it happened
  • how long it took

explain the effect it has had on people in your country.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

I would like to take the chance to thank you first for this excellent topic. It is indeed a great subject to talk about. 

Our society evolves and changes over time. Some changes are so prolific that it ensures a better life for all, and sometimes small changes impact our society beyond our expectation. Such an important change in our country is women's participation in higher education. 

Looking back to the past century, women were confined at home and it was beyond our imagination that they could be equally adept as men and participate to build our society. It was a curse not only for the females but also for the whole society to consider that women should take care of household tasks and produce babies each year -what a shame. Some education, mostly primary schooling, were allowed for females but parents considered higher education for the female is a waste of time and money. As a result, our universities had a very limited number of female students.

The change did not happen overnight and thanks to some fearless female social activists who fought for their rights to education. Their lifelong struggle and motivational activities inspired a thousand others - both females and progressive males. Besides, the government helped a lot to fight the social dogma and old belief, and a collaborative effort from the government, female social activists, writers, scientists, politicians and most importantly ordinary people have changed the very social norm of not sending females to universities. The whole process took more than six decades or so in my country. But it is obvious that the human history of restricting women from education and other basic rights goes more than a few centuries.  

We now have an almost equal number of female and male pupils and scholars in our universities. In some majors, females even exceed the number of their male counterparts. As a result, our society has a great number of female doctors, researchers, executives, politicians, artists, advocates, teachers, security personnel and so on. This is a great sign of social equality and parity. It ensures better social and economic developments and the GDP in recent years only denote how important a change it was for us. Women empowerment has raised awareness, have given them a voice and eliminated many discriminations we had in our society.

 

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