Elizabeth Cady Stanton And Susan B. Watson's 'The Power Of A Word'

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The Power of a Word Strong, influential women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony—women who changed the face of American politics for women—are the embodiment of feminism at its finest. They, along with many other men and women, fought for equality between men and women. However, to many people the word “feminism” is representative of man-hating, excuse-making, manly women who play the victim to gain advantage over men. This negative image of feminism prevents both men and women from fulfilling their potential. If people removed that barrier, men and women would have the power to break free of gender stereotypes and accomplish feminism’s purpose—gender equality. According to the New York Times, eighty-two percent of Americans…show more content…
In her address as an ambassador to the United Nations, Emma Watson invited men to join the fight for gender equality by stating, “How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation? Men….gender equality is your issue too” (Watson). She expounded the issue further when she said, “We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that they are” (Watson). Many would argue that sexism does not apply to men because women haven’t oppressed men the same way men have oppressed women, but fighting to fit the stereotype of a “manly man” can cause men to lose a part of their identity that is vital to their success and…show more content…
To be successful, feminism must focus on jointly raising men and women to their greatest potential rather than pitting the sexes against each other. Speaking of men breaking out of gender stereotypes Watson said, “When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence” (Watson). Further, in “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” Mary Wollstonecraft issued the challenge to “let men become more chaste and modest, and if women do not grow wiser in the same ratio, it will be clear that they have weaker understandings” (Wollstonecraft 276). Women have demonstrated that they do not have weaker understandings than men. It follows that when men are allowed to embrace “feminine” characteristics, women will be able to fully embrace “masculine” characteristics; each gender improves by developing the traits of the
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