Many historians believe that the roots for feminism began in ancient Greece with Sappho or during the medieval times. Most certainly though, the foremothers of the modern women’s movement were Jane Austen, Olympes de Gouge, and Mary Wollstonecraft; these women all advocated for the full potential of the female gender. (Rampton) Mary Wollstonecraft published one of the seminal works for modern day feminism in 1792. “Vindication of the Rights of Women” argued that all women should get an equal education and allow them to become independent, whole people. She stated that the current education system restricted women’s potential to help make society and well with family and their home better.
While women continue to be ranked as the weaker sex by popular opinion, feminists have bright hopes in a change towards their liberation. As Rebecca Solnit stated, “feminism has just started and it’s not stopping now. We are witnessing a full-fledged war, not of the sexes but of gender roles”(Solnit). Feminism and the right to equality has been a long and arduous struggle for women before the Civil Rights Act. The Feminine Mystique sparked a change, questioning society, which continues today as women fight for equal treatment regardless of laws that claim for their protection.
Quickly gaining support, these women fought for the right to vote and equal rights in education and employment. The Seneca Falls Convention triggered the feminist movement in the United States, giving women a voice and confidence to speak their mind, but it would take a few decades before significant changes began to take shape. Throughout the twentieth century, women continued to fight for equality. In 1920, the nineteenth amendment finally gave women the right to vote, but they were still considered second-class citizens. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt as chair of the Commission on the Status of Women.
Every citizen of the United State was grant the right to vote since their birth in the United State or when they passed their citizenship test. However while women today take their citizenship for granted, a century ago women actually fought for their rights to vote. In the nineteenth century, only white men were allow to vote, and if any women were to vote, she automatically breaks a law and would be arrested. Despite these challenges and obstacles the women faced, women ultimately gain their rights through The Woman’s Right Movement or The Woman Suffrage Movement by using several different methods to persuade the public’s opinion and the U.S Congress to agree with them. In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was sign into the Constitution, granting women the rights to vote.
He uses a romantic story using Zelda and F. Scott. Besides, fashion, which many women strive to achieve, plays an essential role in making the work of Joshua a world class literature. American woman underwent a number of revolutionary stages to come to what is now referred to as modern women. Through the stories of Zelda and Scott, the reader is able to imagine the rough road that women in America have travelled to achieve their current status of modern woman. The writer has carefully introduced Zelda in the book to represent women of questionable morals in the society.
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).
As many people do, Chopin included her... ... middle of paper ... ...pin shows us here that the women was able to challenge and overcome her confining role, but the notion of facing the same thing over again kills her. These two stories both only a few pages long, describe an extremely important theme within many of Kate Chopin’s writings. “The Storm,” and “The Story of an Hour,” focus on women’s revolt against conformity and the norms of their title. Kate shows how her woman can take their gender confining roles and flip them around to live in peace and freedom. The stories both coincide with the central impression of women challenging and altering their lives from a set view, either ending up with a death or ending with a secret affair.
In fact, the writers did include women's rights, but they took it out in the final draft. This single incident could have changed history for women, but instead, it was over 144 years before suffrage for women was granted. As a result of their oppression, women were compelled to join together, as a group, and spend many years fighting for their own "natural- born" rights. After the first wave, a new wave of women's movements emerged during the 1960's. Women's rebellion against the middle-class housewife's role contributed to this second wave of women's movements.
Next, came when women wanted to find their voice, more so have equal rights when dealing with wages, jobs, and legal rights they never were allowed. To make the passing of equal rights happen women used the amendment to back what has already been in place for hundreds of years. Lastly, women won the freedom of choice, lifestyle, sexuality, and body, “universal womanhood”, as it’s called. Compared to past feminism has come a long way gaining more headway and understanding in the growing gener... ... middle of paper ... ...with words. The book Sex & Power gave me the more in-depth look at the working class single mother and the struggle they had to decide to stay home or take the risk of leaving the child with a daycare or grandparent until after work.
In her biography she wrote “I was not supposed to be in any way a liberated person. I was a female born in the ‘40s in a patriarchal family; I was supposed to marry and make everyone around me happy.” –Isabel Allende (pg 1224) Overall these stories all represent the same theme of women doing something that changes another’s life, corruption of the media, and women being discriminated by their gender. As a reader these stories have been my favorite through this term and as a young woman in society with large goals I feel as if women equality is a constant struggle, not only in other countries but in the united states as well.