Power of Women and Women of Power

analytical Essay
1097 words
1097 words

Women have found power in a variety of ways though out history in their struggle towards justice and equality. Though personal power can take many forms this paper will primarily focus on power found through gender solidarity, class issues, race or sexuality. I intend to examine the ways in which three different women, of different races and times in history, were able to find such power resulting in a positive change to either their own lives or the lives of others. Those women are: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eleanor Roosevelt and Melba Beals. Elizabeth Cady Stanton found power through gender solidarity. She was a true feminist concerned with not just suffrage but total equality for the sexes. Her Declaration of Sentiments brilliantly transformed the words of men who sought freedom from their oppressors into words of women seeking the same. Presenting her political position by using a document that the men of that time held sacred and solemnly believed in, the Declaration of Independence, as a template was an ingenious way to open those men’s eyes and gain their empathy toward her cause. Furthermore, her Declaration of Sentiments “provided a model for future woman’s rights conventions” (Kerber 260). Stanton eventually became president of the National Women’s Suffrage Association; a group that men were permitted to join as members but could never be granted access to a leadership role. Stanton’s contributions to women’s rights are too numerous to outline but all of them were a result of the power she gained through gender solidarity. This power was handed down to future generations of women including her own daughters who were “taught to be assertive and independent…to go out into the world not only to make their individual marks o... ... middle of paper ... ...n the 1930’s; and Melba Beals in the 1950’s. They come from different economic backgrounds. Some come from different racial groups. Each of them faced different challenges and pursued different goals. Each of them found their personal power in a different form: Stanton through gender solidarity, Roosevelt through class issues and Beals through race, strength, positive attitude and perseverance. However, in spite of all of their differences, they all shared at least two things in common: they were all women and they found power when it was not meant for them to find. Works Cited Beals, Melba. Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High. New York: Simon Pulse, 2007. Print. Kerber, Linda K., De Hart Jane Sherron, and Cornelia Hughes. Dayton. Women's America: Refocusing the past. New York: Oxford UP, 2011. Print.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that women have found power in a variety of ways through history in their struggle for justice and equality. they will examine the ways in which three different women, of different races and times, were able to find such power.
  • Analyzes how elizabeth cady stanton's declaration of sentiments transformed the words of men who sought freedom from their oppressors into women seeking the same.
  • Analyzes how eleanor roosevelt found power through class issues and leveraged it to further her own itinerary.
  • Argues that melba beals found power threw race. she used her race to gain equal access to a higher quality of education and educational resources.
  • Argues that melba beals real power is found in her strength, positive attitude and perseverance.
  • Analyzes how melba's home life changed at the age of eleven when her father moved out. india provided her with guidance, words of wisdom, strength, knowledge from the bible, and faith in god.
  • Cites beals, melba, kerber, linda k., de hart jane sherron, and cornelia hughes. women's america: refocusing the past.

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