Although they were fighting for a worthy cause, many did not agree with these women’s radical views. These conservative thinkers caused a great road-block on the way to enfranchisement. Most of them were men, who were set in their thoughts about women’s roles, who couldn’t understand why a woman would deserve to vote, let alone want to vote. But there were also many women who were not concerned with their fundamental right to vote. Because some women were indifferent in regards to suffrage, they set back those who were working towards the greater good of the nation.
While “pro-choice” supporters continually argue for a woman’s right to choose, to have authority over her own body, “pro-life” goes against this argument with the rights of the fetus. Abortion has been around for centuries. In the 1800’s, abortions in the U.S. became illegal. The lack of surgeries, procedures and medical education caused abortions to be very dangerous. As medical improvements were made, women still had to rely on back alley abortions which usually resulted in the harm of thousands of women, some even include death.
On the one hand it means that a person could realize him/herself, and on the other - that the work done is highly appreciated. Considering a career in a woman's life pointing out the complexity and diversity that it has for a woman is rather important. Women were and still are discriminated against by the majority in the field of professional labor for centuries. Even today at the beginning of the XXI century the society is still at the stage of savagery since reproductive function is declared as the main purpose of female. In many countries, women are deprived of the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to implement professional knowledge, experience and skills.
Any job that is male oriented is completely frowned upon by society for a woman to pursue or take part in. Women are told all their lives by family, media, and the government that their options are limited. They are a subservient group in the United States that has come a long way from being house wives with bare minimal rights, to hard working women with equal rights and protection. The life of a woman is now more than ever a stressful one. Women deal with things that men can’t even experience like giving birth, periods, or menopause.
With this astonishing lack of feminism in society the world needs to allow it back in as how society functions, but before that will ever happen, the world needs to look at why it needs it, what it is which includes the stereotypes associated with it, and ending with the goals of women right’s activists. Without the feminist ideology present in culture, many people have suffered and continue to suffer. Over a century ago, the suffragette movement started and boys are still raised to believe that they are superior (“Society” 3). This is evident in the ways females are stereotyped, treated, and thought of. Many women get accused of being hysterical when trying to discuss issues relating to the unfairness (“Society” 2).
Women suffered from some kinds of stereotyping in many countries in the past. Infanticide was a way to get rid of the newborn girl baby in some countries, while in other countries women were accused of the sin of witchcraft. As the time went, this persecution evolved to have different forms such as depriving girls from education or limiting the jobs which were available to them. Women had struggled against this oppressive misconception for centuries until they became able to achieve their lost equality with men. Nowadays, women have been able to hold any position, been competing with their men peers, and proved their success.
The women who are still fertile are recruited as Handmaids, and their only mission in life is to give birth to the offspring of their Commander, whose wife is infertile. The main character in the book is Offred, one of these unfortunate servants whose only right to exist depends on her ovaries’ productivity. She lives with the Commander and his wife in a highly supervised centre. Unlike men, women have been facing unique problems for centuries, and often women experience harassment and discrimination. In today's society, females are trying to combat their tribulations through lawsuits and protest rallies.
Nevertheless, women in society are like cows; they are branded in a way where they are seen as property owned by men. Women are labeled as “weak and sensitive” but when they stand up for their rights and make a decision; they are seen as crazy human beings whose expressed thoughts are misunderstood as nonsense. There are women from past history or even our modern world today that made a change to earn their respect and obtain their rights as women. For example, Mary Wollstonecraft; who supported the feminist movement through the struggle for female suffrage. In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and “The Story of an Hour.” Including Charlotte Perkins Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper” we are introduced to three female characters who have realized how much their world has been controlled by their own husbands.
Although the law has been currently partly prohibited, the Planned Parenthood Federation, the Center for Reproductive Rights and clinic owners continue to press for further abolishing of the overall law. Not only does it pose a negative effect on poor women that depend on this help but it is also unconstitutional. Religious ideals have long tried to intervene in the political spectrum and this is an example of Republicans attempting to bring down a basic human right that has been fought for before. In general, the efforts of many women once gaining freedom for their personal choices have begun to fade once again when men in power want to make those decisions for them.
Emma Watson decided for herself that she was a feminist but came across a lot of negative reactions because “I’m among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as to strong, too aggressive, isolating, and anti-men. Unattractive, even” (Watson). Women are afraid to call themselves feminists because of this, these connotations are so black and white that maybe people have become afraid of fighting for women’s equal rights. Emma Watson tells her personal story why she decided she was a feminist. “When I was 8, I was confused for being called bossy because I wanted to direct all the plays that we would put on for our parents, but the boys were not.