This was a major milestone in the women’s rights movement. Susan B. Anthony once said “Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” (Susan B. Anthony para 1). If only feminism were the same today it wouldn’t be a bad connotation and would still be a positive movement. This is because many of those associated with feminism today no longer see the need for equality. Instead, it seems they are looking for superiority.
This issue is important because many women believe that the rights of a person should not be infringed no matter what their gender is, and by not giving them equality, their rights are being limited. During the periods 1840 to 1968, total equality for women did not become a reality due to inadequate political representation, economic discrepancy, and commercial objectification. Throughout history, women have always fought to gain equal political rights, but conventional roles kept women from getting enough political representation. Many suffrage groups founded by women challenged the conventional roles of women during 1840 to 1968 with the dream of obtaining equal political representation. In 1919, the nineteenth amendment, drafted by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was passed.
While they have made amazing strides in the past decades, they are far from equal in today’s society and still have a ways to go. The gender equality of women to men is seen as a direct threat to the heteropatriarchy and patriarchic hegemony of society and thus women are subjugated to certain ideologies and backlashes to hinder their progress. The domination of women, rape as a tool of domination, and the societal hegemony of gender inequality are three main factors to why women, eve... ... middle of paper ... ...ople do not wish to see change, they don’t want to rock the boat, or they have an irrational fear/poor understanding of what feminism really is! At the root of all equality issue is one notion, that of humanity. Women are human beings, Black people are human beings, Arabs are human beings, and every single person on this planet is a human being and is born no less free than any other human being.
Jane Addams, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. These women lived at the turn of the century, and fought vehemently for a cause they believed in. They knew that they were being discriminated against because of their gender, and they refused to take it. These pioneers of feminism paved the road for further reform, and changed the very fabric of our society. Although they were fighting for a worthy cause, many did not agree with these women’s radical views.
Equality is a concept mankind never is able to grasp correctly. Of course humans will always search for different solutions to create fairness, but factors such as human greed, ignorance of mass populations, and even biological aspects stagnates the process of equality. The oldest and most relevant discussion on equality lies with the difference of sex; man versus woman. Initially, men, because of their physical superiority, were given the prospects many women never even dreamt to have. Conversely, as time has progressed, women have fought this unfair treatment with demands of suffrage and similar rights to those of their male equivalents.
Many writers have questioned the purpose of women; among these was the British feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Born into a rough childhood, Wollstonecraft quickly learned the values of independence and became critical of a society that threatened women as inferior people, she advocated for equality and independence of all human beings. In A Vindication of the Right’s of Women, Wollstonecraft calls for an end to the injustices against females. The actions portrayed in her writings resemble the similarities and differences in the movie Tom Jones. In her essay, Mary Wollstonecraft states that women are inferior because they lack the proper education.
Equal Rights for Lebanese Women Throughout history, women have been dominated by men, and were not given their human rights, simply because they were women. Nevertheless, starting the eighteenth century, some women started showing their dissatisfaction with their unfair conditions. They came to realize that since they were human beings, then they must have equal rights as men. In this paper, I intend to show the historical back ground of the earliest women’s movements in the world, and to state the major achievement of these movements. Finally, I would like to throw some light on the changes in the status of women in Lebanon.
There is no upper limit to the risks men are willing to take in order to succeed, and if there is an upper limit for women, they will succeed less.” (Clay Shirky, 202) Shirky, the author of “A Rant about Women” argues that women must become more aggressive and demanding to ultimately achieve their goals. No matter how society reacts, men take on any action, bypassing the “Golden Rule” to achieve their goals and desires. On the other hand, women lack this procedure in their search for self-promotion, as Shirky argues. However, in Chisholm’s speech “Equal Rights for Women”, Chisholm argues that the undeniable reason for gender inequality in the 1970’s, was the lack of opportunities women were given in the workplace. Chisholm’s viewpoint includes the reason women weren’t treated with equal respect as men, was because women weren’t given the chance.
There is also no point in giving the high level position for women who lack the qualification as it will deteriorate the company’s performance in a long term (or short term). The opinions of many women to defy gender quotas also proved that gender quota itself is not the best choice to balance up the number of men and women at the top. Therefore, it is wise that the government should opt for other solutions in order to balance gender equality than implementing quota.
It was not until the early 20th century, that women officially gained the right to vote and participate in legislation. Unlike men, women were deprived of their basic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They were discouraged from receiving education, and their achievements were not recognized as they were for male counterparts. As a result of women suffering, Elizabeth Cady Stanton decided to petition for women suffrage by drafting the Seneca Falls Declaration, a lengthy document written to resolve inequality between men and women. Through the use of a few select rhetorical devices, Stanton effectively argues for the importance of equal rights and opportunities for women in the “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions.”