In Mary Wollstonecraft’s essay “A Vindication of the Rights of Women” she constantly compares men and women. Her comparisons range from their physical nature to their intelligence, and even down to the education that each sex receives. Wollstonecraft states, “In the government of the physical world it is observable that the female in point of strength is, in general, inferior to the male.”(line 1.35-37) to show that women are inferior to men in physicality, and a number of areas throughout the essay, yet through it all she voices her concerns for the rights of women and how well deserved they are. Throughout mankind’s history there has been an obvious bias towards men. Men have always been deemed superior to women, whether it be physical or intellectual.
Women rights has flourished this past decade. They have came a long way to get to where they are today. For instance, our nation is on the verge to having our very first female president. The amount of feminist accomplishments that has occurred further highlights the transition our women’s rights today compared to back then. “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin, an American writer best known for her feminist stories about the lives of daring women, portrays women’s lack of freedom in the 1800s by addressing the concerns of feminism.
Finally, after years of striking and protesting women got the right to vote on July 20, 1920 in the United States of America. Next came the second wave of feminism. Taking place from the 1950s-'90s, it was more about minorities and getting better rights for women, people of color, and people who didn't fall into the hetero-normative society. Martha Rampton, a... ... middle of paper ... ...e to Live in a Matriarchal Society of Peace? Can You Imagine?"
At the beginning of the Twentieth Century women had few rights, but made efforts to gain their rights. Women couldn’t vote, serve on juries, and couldn’t hold elective office, and they also faced a wide-range of discrimination that marked them as secondary citizens (Evans par.1). Women who were married were governed by their marital status; for example a married woman had no separate legal identity from her husband, had no right over her biological reproduction, she had no right to sue or be sued, and she couldn’t own property or even chose a career of her choice (Evans par.3). Married women were pretty much dominated by their husbands, if their husband wanted to have a baby than they would have a baby. By the early Twentieth Century women began to speak out and strive for a change.
In addition, a common belief was that men tend to be more confident because of their innate mental powers or biological advantages. Only one hundred years ago women didn't even have a right to vote nor did they have a right to property. Today we live in a society where men and women are considered to be more equal than they have ever been throughout the history. However the issue of inequality hasn't completely disappeared and is now widely discussed by everyone. Thus, considering the fact that women have achieved some equality for them, should they continue fighting for completely annihilating the gender discrimination?
Throughout the ages in Western Civilization, a double standard for men and women has existed. Although in modern society women have started to level the playing field with men in terms of employment and leadership, but the gender gap in opportunities and in societal views persists. However, women can achieve true equality in society by evolving people’s actions through governmental action. Women can achieve equal pay in the workforce and stop discrimination further, by advancing the Equal Rights Act amendment through Congress. This amendment originated from some aggressive women’s rights activist who began lobbying the Act in 1923, so women could stay protected against discrimination that prevailed in the workplace.
I. INTRODUCTION The role of women in American history has evolved a great deal over the past few centuries. In less than a hundred years, the role of women has moved from housewife to highly paid corporate executive to political leader. As events in history have shaped the present world, one can find hidden in such moments, pivotal points that catapult destiny into an unforeseen direction. This paper will examine one such pivotal moment, fashioned from the fictitious character known as ‘Rosie the Riveter’ who represented the powerful working class women during World War II and how her personification has helped shape the future lives of women.
As we reflect on Women’s History Month, it is important to realize that many courageous women (and a few men) have made vital changes for women in almost every aspect of life. They have challenged the status quo by bringing attention to gender inequality in the workplace, education, and sexual norms. Society is now aware of rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence that at one time oppressed women. For gender inequality to continue to be reduced, it is essential that a strong women’s movement continue to remind us of the sexism that still exists in our society today. The more that society is educated about gender inequality, the better equipped the family structure will be to address the bias of
They should have right and freedom to vote. They should get to choose how they live their own lives, especially in the way that they want. Ultimately women should be treated as equals to men. Women's suffrage movement was a very important period in history for all women, we not only showed the world what determination and hard work can do, but we got the world to see and recognize that as well as men, women have rights. 100 years ago, America favored men.
South Arabia, women are still equal to men both in social and family life. And on the contrary, ex. Germany or Britain, women can and become the head of the state. Reading a “Vindication of the Rights of Woman” today, some parts seem relevant to nowadays public and family situations, and others seem archaic. This reflects the great changes in the value society places on women's reason today, as contrasted to the late 18th century; but it also reflects the many ways in which issues of equality of rights and duties are still with us today.