The 2017 theme for the Women Everywhere Scholarship is “A Confident You = Success”. It is very timely for my current situation. I am a permanent resident of the United States. I migrated to the US from the Philippines last April 2016. I am not used to speaking straight English when I first arrived here. My accent is very noticeable, and some of my pronunciation of words are not right. My classmates used to laugh at my pronunciation. They would apologize for laughing, and I would say it’s okay, but deep inside me, it breaks down my confidence little by little. Because of that, I told myself not to speak much. I went by the saying “Less talk, less mistake” until a sophomore classmate challenged me to join debate. He is so arrogant that sometimes, …show more content…
I have to go to practice twice a week, review many papers, do a weird speaking drill, and of course, practice debating with my co-debaters. Fortunately, all my hard work has paid off! At my first tournament, I won 4th place in the speaker awards and finalist team award. A huge achievement right off the bat! I was so scared that at the next tournament, I wouldn’t do so well and that is what happened. At my second tournament, I still got the 4th place speaker award, but my team placed quarter-finalist. At my third tournament, we were against a higher level conference, so I did not think I had a chance at winning. At my fourth tournament, it was against a conference below our rank. I have high hopes of winning because I know that I am better than them at debating. Unfortunately, all my rounds are against debaters of my level. I did not get the leverage of going against the lower conference. I only won 14th place team that time. I was feeling very down and disappointed that time. I am feeling like debate is not for me anymore; but I still went to the fifth tournament because it was the conference championships, and I had promised my coach that I will finish my first year in debate. I won the 11th place speaker award and semi-finalist team award. My team place rose, but my speaker place award went down. That is when I really knew debate was not for me. I am not feeling good about debating anymore. I feel like it is more
Throughout the centuries, women have faced sexual discrimination. Women have been detained from an education, and rights to vote. Throughout the centuries, women have been viewed lesser than men; incapable of doing anything but taking care of children. The Equal Right Amendment purpose is to create gender equality in our society. The Equal Right Amendment does not sacrifice the ideal of nuclear family because the structure of a family will remained the same.
The feminist movement in the United States and abroad was a political and social movement that pursued the establishment of equality for women. The movement changed the lives of many women and created a profound effect on American society during the twentieth century. Throughout the first two decades of the century, women 's groups in the United States operated together to win women 's suffrage, concluding in the approval of a constitutional amendment in 1920 that guaranteed women the right to vote. During the late twentieth century, women 's organizations would once again group together, this time to verbalize and advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Feminists also influenced literature during this time period. Novels regarding feminist beliefs started to appear, such as Betty Freidan’s “The Feminine Mystique” (1963), which is considered to impact the start of the second wave of feminism. Other forms of literature were starting to express these opinions as well. Lorraine Hansberry’s play, “A Raisin in the Sun” is a key example of sexual and political inequality shown in literature, and depicts a mother
In a society where equality is constantly fought over, there are bound to be disputes. Feminism, the movement to create empowerment and equal rights for women, has been criticized by those who argue who, what, and how feminism should be fought with. Many conservative feminists believe that succumbing to men’s pleasure is never the answer, whereas “lipstick” feminists believe that they should be able to use all of their essence in order to establish equality. However, society needs both women and men equally. Feminism shouldn’t focus on how women reach that equality, but rather to reach that point of equality in the first place; with anything they got.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Judy Seyfers Brady use a variety of rhetorical devices to sway their audiences. Each woman has a distinct style‒ Brady is satirical and frequently uses hyperbole in I Want a Wife, while Stanton is more formal and employs the ethos of the American Revolution in The Declaration of Sentiments. Overall, their pieces attack men by stating the offenses that men have committed, and declare their opposition to the offenses. They also highlight the oppression and the burden that men place on them and call for greater equality.
Poverty can be defined in many different ways. It is described as the state of being extremely poor. It is hunger, lack of shelter, lack of resources, decline in mental and physical health, not having a job, lack of power and representation. It is living one day at a time and fear of looking towards the future. Poverty is a significant threat to women’s equality. More women live in poverty than men, and women’s experience of poverty can be harsher, and more prolonged. Women are often left to bear more burden of poverty which results in the “feminization of poverty”. The goal of this paper is to identify key aspects of alleviating poverty specifically for women, by means of government assistance programs.
When I was chosen as one of three girls from my high school to attend Buckeye Girls State, I was ecstatic. Girls State was something that I had been looking forward to since 8th grade. Once I received the packet of information a few weeks before Girls State, I filled out the application to attend Girls Nation. At Girls Nation, two girls chosen from every state’s Girls State come together for a week in Washington, D.C. as “senators” where they debate bills and create laws within the “nation.” This had my name written all over it. After searching through every possible forum on the internet that related to Girls Nation, I came to the conclusion that it was impossible to be chosen for this prestigious honor. I remember being upset when I realized that Ohio’s Girls State program was one of the largest in the country, making it even harder to be chosen. I was still
In today’s society people are becoming more open about their gender. Celebrities are becoming trans-gendered and this is affecting society because it leaves people in confusion on if the person is male with feminine traits. This causes society to view a trans-gendered person different than others because they chose to change their gender from what they were born as at birth. Changing from male to female allows people to view that person to be weak because generally the male is the dominant sex in life. In culture women are marked by wearing dresses, their body structures and having the title “Mrs.” while men remain unmarked by their clothing and appearances.
Feminist theory is the extension of feminism into theoretical, fictional or philosophical dissertation. It helps to explain the main nature of gender inequality. It further explains the social roles of women in the society such as education, communication, philosophy, sociology and so on (Chodrow, Nancy 1991).
Throughout the 19th century, feminism played a huge role in society and women’s everyday lifestyle. Women had been living in a very restrictive society, and soon became tired of being told how they could and couldn’t live their lives. Soon, they all realized that they didn’t have to take it anymore, and as a whole they had enough power to make a change. That is when feminism started to change women’s roles in society. Before, women had little to no rights, while men, on the other hand, had all the rights. The feminist movement helped earn women the right to vote, but even then it wasn’t enough to get accepted into the workforce. They were given the strength to fight by the journey for equality and social justice. There has been known to be
According to Jaber (2014), womenomics is a culture of work that supports the empowerment of women in order to contribute to the growth of society. Based on our report, womenomics helps us understand the impacts of having gender equality and women empowerment in Jordan. Jordan is among the countries with the lowest women participation in the country’s workforce. The unemployment rates for women in Jordan is at 46 percent while that of men is at 23 percent Razzaz, 2011). The culture of work in Jordan is the reason most women don’t join the country’s workforce. Women don’t share equal rights as the men and from a young age the women are prepared to enter the marriage market rather than the labor market. Basically the women are viewed as subordinates while men the leaders and that is why women who enter the workforce do so based on an agreed decision made by the male members of their family. The government of Jordan and other private sectors initiated various incentive systems so that women may join the workforce but due to the culture of work in Jordan, the women still don’t. Changing the mindset about women in the workforce, promoting gender equality and empowering women is the concept of womenomics and is the step towards ensuring more women join the workforce and the growth of the economy in Jordan.
Feminism is the belief in social, economic, and political equality between men and women. For many years women have strived for equality with men, and feminism is helping women to achieve that mark. The issue of feminism has been a part of the culture since the American Revolution, which will be discussed. Feminism is helping the world to expand its growth by providing equal opportunities to both men and women. There has been a drastic change due to feminist approaches to problems faced by women in the social, economic, and political world. So the progress of women from ‘homemakers’ to ‘breadwinners’ is an answer to gender inequality, which indeed existed in society but is now being slowly demolished by feminist approaches.
One can hardly talk of a single united feminism, but rather, manifold feminisms. The US feminist movement ‘s main global struggle has been to enable ‘womankind’ to fully lead her existence and live her humanity by standing against the injustices of the dominant patriarchy and sexist discrimination . Throughout history, the dominant mainstream Feminism ( with capital F) tends to have been related to conform to the aspiration of the educated middle-class heterosexual white women who have traditionally been given unequal power to widen their significance--but the movement has lately had more ramifications. Currently, there are different kinds of feminism whose disagreements stem from fundamental intrinsic understanding of what feminism, sexism or phallocentrism mean. Each trend views it from a different perspective as in accordance with its motives or concerns. Nonetheless, they share common claims as to “the body, class and work, disability, the family, globalization, human rights, popular culture, race and racism, reproduction, science, the self, sex work, and sexuality.”
Misandrists. Extremists. Radical Feminists. These are all forms of extreme feminists, associating themselves with the movement when they are the ones responsible for creating a negative and unfair image of ‘Feminism’. The mere word attracts raised eyebrows and queer looks - the only reason being that its true definition has been buried by women who take it too far. Many people are ignorant of the movement, but they aren’t aware that gender inequality is an on-going issue. Without a doubt, this movement needs to be given more significance as women’s oppression exists to this day.
Throughout my life, I have experienced and seen my family affected by issues that revolve around feminism. I myself have learned from these experiences and now have a different view on women’s rights. I personally consider myself a feminist because I believe that women should have equal rights to men, and everyone should be held accountable for their actions. When I was younger I did not view women’s rights as something that was a priority, but a controversial topic. After going through a traumatic occurrence with an ex-boyfriend and seeing my sister mentally damaged through her own incident, I stand with many other women when I call myself a feminist.