They further push their point by using the Constitution to say they need it to protect their civil rights and need it to be enforced to isolate and remove sexual discrimination so that they can have equal opportunities in all areas so they could succeed. Women were highly discriminated against since men didn’t want to see them as equals since they were always seen as less than them. Women got paid much less than they did and weren’t given the same education and job opportunities as them which slowed down their progress. Men didn’t view this as wrong since they were always the ones who worked for the home and expected women to stay in jobs suited for women like social work, helping the community or teaching not becoming doctors or lawyers. Women didn’t want special privileges, they wanted to fully take responsibility as a full citizen.
Even after the Civil Rights Movement happened in the United States women were still subjected to discrimination based on their sex. This was a problematic barrier that allowed gender inequality to remain and as a result fewer women were able to seek higher education and employment standards. The National Organization for Women argued that change needed to come to America and that it was time for women to be seen as complete equals to men. On behalf of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Betty Friedan wrote the document the Statement of Purpose and argued that women were human beings and therefore they ought to be treated equally and should have the same economic, social and political rights as men and not be excluded because of their
(VanTassel-Baska, 4) Domesticity and motherhood were portrayed as a sufficient fulfillment. A conventional woman in the Victorian era was married with children. (Proquest, 1) However, Bronte’s novel contains a strong feminist stance, with the main character Jane Eyre making and questioning assumptions about gender and social class, as a young independent woman. She ignored the expectations of society in the Victorian times and followed her own desires, which allowed her to develop into the dominant and assertive woman that became the essence of feminism. At the beginning of the 19th century, little opportunity exi... ... middle of paper ... ...ere only studied by the upper classes.
Instead, it seems they are looking for superiority. Modern-day feminists in America do not see how well women are doing today, and they instead fight for justice for their victimhood that they still see themselves in. They also fight against the prominent wage gap claiming that women are being discriminated against in work place. Modern-day feminism is no longer about equality but more about superiority. Today, many feminists go around stating there isn’t a need for men, women can survive on their own, and that women are better than men.
Mary Wollstonecraft's View on Women's Rights Works Cited Not Included As one of the earliest feminist writers, Mary Wollstonecraft faced a daunting audience of critics ready to dispel her cry for the rights of women. Her powerful argument calling for equality in a society dominated by men was strong, and her ideas withstood a lot of criticism to become one of the most important feminist texts. Her argument was simple and illustrates a solution to the inequality in society. The foundation of this argument is the idea of education and how independent thought is necessary to live a virtuous and moral life. In the present state of society, women are seen as inferior to men and held in a state of ignorance.
Fiercely independent and far from conventional Mary Wollstonecraft called for more equality between the sexes; she ignited the flame that would turn into the feminist movement we know today. Wollstonecraft was a key founder of feminist philosophy. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) stated her view that women should have a wider access to education, not taught to depend on their beauty. “A committed women’s liberationist cannot retire from the job, only die at it.” (Dann, 1985) Mary Wollstonecraft encompassed this perfectly. “I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves” (Wollstonecraft, 1995).
Additionally, we believed men deserved to have higher power by getting more money than women. After some research, we think it’s not fair that women make less than men who have the same education and the same job. In the long run, it can make it hard for women to support their families. We found out that the gender pay gap is a “complex issue with many causes”, which are often inter-related. It seems that the direct cause of this issue is discrimination.
If women try to fight for the same equality of men they will just put themselves in a more vulnerable place. Trying to equate theirs selves with men will just do more harm than good to women. Furthermore woman can live in a life where they do not have to prove themselves and just life a happy and prosperous life. But men on the other hand have to contemplate on proving and defending who they are and what they can be capable of. Theroux had determined that “it is normal in America for a man to be dismissive or even somewhat apologetic about being a writer” but why is this so?
Opposing Sides: Feminism and Anti-Feminism Throughout the twentieth century, there have been many drastic changes with regards to the political, vocational, and everyday lives of women. The woman’s overwhelming response to these changes formed two opposing forces known as the feminists and the anti-feminists. Feminists support the belief that women are equal to men in every facet of life and are not to be “brainwashed” into following a submissive housewife role. On the opposing side, anti-feminists believe that a woman’s responsibility is to be a homemaker and to take care of their children and families above other obligations. Although both are very controversial groups, both possess various merits and disadvantages.
Quawas goes on to say that women in that time period are to have the four attributions of true womanhood being “piety, purity, submissiveness and domesticity” (35). She argues that Gilman attends to demolish the ‘domestic sphere’ and work for her own rights as well as the women around her. Gilman stood for the power of womanhood and struggled to free herself from the stereotypical ideal of women. Quawas believes that Gilman is before her own time, commenting that she defied cultural stereotypes and patriarchal assumptions, which was taboo at the time. However, for Gilman, the norm of the nineteenth-century middle-class marriage was the “domestic” everyday customs of the female and the “active” work of the male, which ensured that women remained second-class citizens compared to that of men.