(Eastman) Ethos, referring to ethics, is displayed by the fact that Eastman was very creditable due to her first-hand experience living as woman during women’s rights movement. She felt women must embark on a bold new crusade for their own freedom and Eastman was certainly willing to go along for the women’s movement campaign. Eastman was highly educated, well versed, believed in her cause and was not afraid to stand up for women’s rights. “She gave hundreds of speeches, organized fund-raising events and lobbied members of Congress while working with the Congressional Union” (Law). Simply put to get a groups attention you have to know what you are talking about.
This statement like others in the book leaves you wondering what she truly believes because she continues to contradict herself. Even with this said the book outweighs in strengths than weaknesses. Its main strength is its persuasiveness to influence the future and get rid of the gender biases of today. Her personal stories and success show that it is possible for women to “lean in”. Works Cited Sandberg, Sheryl.
Many writers have taken up the cause of feminism in their work. One of the most well known writers to deal with feminist themes is Margaret Atwood. Her work is clearly influenced by the movement and many literary critics, as well as Atwood herself, have identified her as a feminist writer. However, one of Atwood's most successful books, The Handmaid's Tale, stands in stark contrast to the ideas of feminism. In fact, the female characters in the novel are portrayed in such a way that they directly conflict with the idea of women's empowerment.
Feminists While surfing the internet yesterday I came across an article discussing women and their role in a changing society. The article, which was written by Karin Crosbie stated that although women have come a long way in the field of women's rights, there is still a long way to go. Crosbie stated that she is a feminist, and as a feminist it is her responsibility to see that action is taken to further the cause of the women by any means necessary. She explains that women should not have to prove anything to men by such means as shaving their legs, nor conform by covering up the natural self with makeup. I agree with the overall concept she is trying to convey, I feel that women do need to take action, and that not all opportunities are yet equal.
Merriam-Webster defines feminism as equal opportunities and rights regardless of gender and as organized activity advocating women’s interests and rights (Merriam-Webster, 2015). Though this simple definition gives a broad understanding of what the word feminism aggregates, what feminism means to each individual is far more multifarious. In this short reflection I will explore what feminism means to me by considering two feminist postings, one that resonates with me and another that challenges my beliefs. The first post I chose is entitled “12 Personal Rights Women Have in Intimate Relationships”. It begins by the author delineating how culture trains women, herself included, to believe a woman’s needs are never to be placed first.
Wolf covers the idealization of beauty at every chance in order to show how it objectifies women. Even though some of her opinions and conclusions are unsupported and there is no clear concise view on how to tackle this ever -lasting problem, many women can understand the desire to fit in and find her writing meaningful and inspirational. She has an uncanny ability to connect to others as she does state, “I was grateful to have had the good luck to write a book that connected my own experience to that of women everywhere” (1). By going through similar experiences she wrote a book that promotes an image of self acceptance that goes further than clichés that control beauty. Bibliography: The Huffington Post Beauty Myth
Judy Brady is a well know feminist and activist during the nineties. She is also a well know writer and get publicity for her most influence essay over females and their roles as wife in “Why I want a wife”. She wrote this essay to give strength to her fellow activist in showing feminism. She also tried to show the world, how females are considered. Even though Judy’s essay talks about a long list of duties of women as a wife, her way of organizing it through ethos, pathos and logos to develop her argument , use of rhetorical devices such as irony, anaphora and her simple way of explaining main ideas to her readers, made it a successful essay.
In my mind, Sonny Carroll’s poem perfectly represents what an empowered woman should be; firm, determined and able to stand on her own feet. The characters of Nora and Antigone, from Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ and Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ respectively, completely fit my description of ‘the empowered woman’. As inspiring figures, they left me wondering how they maintained their identities even in their patriarchal societies. What touched my heart the most is the way they fight for what they feel is moral and just instead of following what society dictates. I believe that each and every woman possesses the qualities like ‘the empowered woman’ in Carroll’s poem.
Finally, in the mid-1800s women decided to take action and demand the rights that they believed they are entitled to and Margaret Fuller shocks the nation with her writing on equality. The emergence of the Women’s Rights Movement can be attributed to writers Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Wheatly, and Margaret Fuller, women who were not afraid to speak on a complex issue during a time of male domination. Their writings all contain similar opinions and attitudes towards the subject and provide bases for the larger focus. Their controversial writing influenced and slowly unfolded the fight for women’s rights for several decades before its arrival by bringing attention to the contentious topic of women’s rights. During the exploration and colonization period, women were not acknowledged.
“Each ought to maintain her proper place in society and, along with this, her particular lifestyle,” writes Christine de Pizan. Described by many as a protofeminist, de Pizan holds true to the modern feminist standing that women deserve more than they are given. In her writing, The Book of the City of the Ladies, she describes six different types of women in society. It is important to look at the time in which she wrote the piece, in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century— a time when women had no voice. Through extraneous methods, de Pizan forges her own voice and ultimately brings women to be viewed as more than just things.