The writings of “The Feminine Mystique,” started the platform for the Women’s Liberation Movement by inspiring the truth of the hidden secrets that women were unable to confront. The overall message was to prove that the feminine mystique denied women of their own identities, and the ability to achieve more than a housewife role. It changed my Life: Writings on the Women’s Movement were Friedan’s way of expressing her feeling towards the Women... ... middle of paper ... ...ters. The sources let the world know that a women's liberation movement was underway. Friedan, Hanisch and Steinem all wrote to convey that the only way to overcome the injustices of inequality for women was to unite as a community- as a whole.
No group was more responsive to this than the advertising industry, which introduced new images while reinforcing traditional stereotypes. As speculation on women’s rights grew tiresome after suffrage had been won, women separated in search of their own individuality; however a woman’s identity was based on the sex-role stereotypes advertisements continuously portrayed which in turn transformed cultural expectations and thwarted women’s autonomy. The emergence of consumerism allowed advertisements to be viewed worldwide. "Across the nation, women in cities, towns and farms paged through issues of mass-circulation... ... middle of paper ... ...ture and Society in the 1920’s. New York: Hill and Wang, 1995.
A woman who does decide to work out of the home could not expect to earn as much as her male counterpart since she can not do the job nearly as well. History paints the picture of women staying home as homemakers where they belong. We see the ideal woman as June Cleaver from the TV sitcom Leave it to Beaver. A feminist author Betty Friedan wrote a best-selling book arguing that magazines, advertisements, educators, and social scientists portray women as happy as housewives.2The Feminine Mystique explained this portrayal of the trapped women into a life of raising children, taking care of the home, and giving no chance labor outside the home. Despite the expectation of women as homemakers, women broke free.
For instance, Britney Spears, a famous entertainer, dresses immodestly and act wildly by doing things under the influence of alcohol such as getting married and getting annulled the next day. Unluckily, as a public figure she is being looked up to especially by young girls. They try to copy her and wear too ... ... middle of paper ... ...me negative outcome, it is still a very significant event that greatly affected the modern society. Women today owe their freedom to the women suffragists who fought for all of the women’s rights today. Today’s women should pay their respect to the women of the past by celebrating their freedom and by continuing what they have started.
Feminism was at its nadir in the mid-twentieth century; cries of women's liberation, freedom, and independence resonated from all parts of the world. This era is perhaps best perceived as one, which was replete with images of women burning their bras. Armed with gainful education, women from different echelons of womankind were seen fighting adversities to assert and establish their rights. Margaret Laurence in "The Diviners" illustrates this phenomenon and delineates the status and challenges faced by the women of this era, by relating the story of its protagonist Morag Gunn, and the people responsible for mapping the course of her life. "The Diviners" narrates the story of Morag Gunn, a dispossessed girl from a small Canadian prairie town, whose life reflects the fever of freedom and liberation, which had rapt the womenfolk of this era.
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Production demands drew women into manufacturing jobs and broadcast the famous image of Rosie the Riveter. After the war, women were encouraged to give up their jobs to the returning veterans and resume their tasks as wives and mothers. We discover that women of all backgrounds pushed the limits of their circumstances, whether they were college-educated homemakers working to elevate the job of housewife to a respected career, working class women struggling to preserve the gains of wartime, or African American women leading the struggle for civil rights. Popular culture of the 1950s--TV shows such as "Ozzie and Harriet," "Leave It To Beaver," and "Father Knows Best"--promoted the subservient wife in a traditional nuclear family and kept women as homemakers. At the same time, however, women such as Rosa Parks became household names as they challenged racial and gender discrimination.
Women Movement When analyzing the reasons for the surge in women activists demanding equality during the 1960s to the 1970s it is clear to see that the “old ways” of America were undergoing a serious change. With the establishment of the Civil Rights Act, women took it upon themselves to march in drones of “thousands of women” in the streets. Women were essential in the protests on the atrocities the United States were facing such as racial injustice, and War crimes, however according to the textbook “women’s own liberation stood at the forefront.”(The American Promise1) The Feminism resurgence reached its apparent peak in the 1970s and due to certain outstanding women the movement is still present in the 21st century. The quest for equality is always in limbo due to the fact that gender roles continue to be based up of assumptions. Women in the 1970s began to challenge those established gender roles and deconstruct the engrained stereotypes of a male dominated society.