Section 1: Social Problem addressed by the Humanitarian Betty Friedan was a women’s right’s activist who pushed for the equality of women. Since the beginning of times, society has been predominantly patriarchal, and hence women have been stereotyped and confined because of this. In the Early modern world, Chinese culture had the women foot bound so that they’re feet would decrease in size, and they would essentially become weaker, human beings. She found her passion in this subject because of the repercussions of WWII, where women were severally inhibited and had very limited job opportunities. Some were forced to enlist in the military because of the amounting casualties.
The practice of marrying off girls has been done for thousands of years and has been practiced widely around the world in many different cultures. Throughout history, women have been treated as second-class citizens; this institutionalized oppression has burdened women through the years, from the ancient practices of Sati and footbinding to present day’s rape culture, misogyny has taken shape in many forms. According to the organization, UNICEF, child marriage is defined as the “formal marriage or informal union before age 18”, a harmful custom that plagues both boys and girls alike, but disproportionately affects girls most. Girls as young as eight, are often forced to marry men multiple times their age; this practice often strips girls of access to an education and puts them into abusive situations that jeopardize their health. Its origins can date back to biblical times, where Ancient Jewish law, found in the Old Testament, stated that a girl could be betrothed by intercourse at three years and one day (Neusner, cited by Karim).
Over the past two and a half years, I 've had the opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing women in my own country and around the world” (Clinton). The Women’s rights battle is an important topic for Clinton. She was able to see, first hand, mothers fighting for healthcare, education, food, and safer housing and town for themselves and their children. By adding her own experience and knowledge on top of the heartbreaking facts and struggles of women makes this speech even more