Feminism before the 20th Century For generations, women had been subjected to men. Women had no saying in what was going on around them, to what they wanted their lives to be, or even when it came to their bodies. Many women have raised their voices to protest against this subjugation, sometimes at great personal risk. Such is the French case of Marie Gouze(1748-93), who under the name Olympe de Gouges, wrote "Declaration of the Rights of Women and Citizen." In this document Marie advocated for civic equality, as well as equal participation in political rights, women's right to vote, and equal education.
And now the Family Code has been passed, restoring to the most humble of women the dignity that has so often been trampled upon. (Bâ 61) In this passage, Ramatoulaye asserts a woman’s entitlement to equality, but this idea of equality, like that of feminism itself, is hard to define and implement. Although men and women should be paid the same amount for the same job, are women and men equally suited to handle all jobs? Are there some jobs that would be better suited to a man than a woman? Can men and women ever be considered truly equal when society points out so many apparent and inherent differences between them?
Although women did achieve this right, this was not the end of feminism. Other terms involved when discussing feminism would be sexist or discrimination on the grounds of gender and misogynistic or showing hatred,mistrust, and mistreatment of women. The feminist movement was created through other groups like the Abolition of Slavery and the Temperance Movement. Women began to realize that they too needed their rights. Two important and famous suffragists of this time were Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, they worked together on a women’s rights newspaper, called the Revolution.
When looked up in a dictionary, the definition of Feminism is defined as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” Feminism has been around for centuries, mainly because women were and are still being forced into a position that even though isn’t necessary for them, but is a social norm in society. If women don’t fit into a specific role of a wife, or a motherly type role, society looks down upon that. The feminist theory is mainly based on how women are treated in society and the fact that society is what controls a woman’s role and not a woman herself, which is a reason why this theory was brought into action. Susan Glaspell lived in the era where the act of feminism started to increase, which was during a time when women’s right were not as recognized in the general public. She is well known for writing pieces that revolve around the issue of feminism because the tyranny of women during this time had come to a point where women were not truly accepted as their own person.
The free-for-all of women rights was even more problematic for women. Wifehood and parenthood were considered as women's most importantjobs. In the 20th era, however, women in somecountries won the right to vote and improved their educational and job opportunities. Conceivably most significant, they fought for and to anenormousstep accomplished a reconsideration of customaryvisions of their role in society. This value has drenched the social structure of societies throughout the world.
Monroe believed in equality, but she falls through a patriarchal society that only valued her for her sexual image. Monroe understood the need for the power of the women in the modern society, and that’s why her image has been redefined. Any woman who contribute their lives in the way chosen by themselves, who is concerned and intelligent, is making the world a better place for women.
“If you stand for equality, than you’re a feminist. Sorry to tell you.” This quote from Emma Watson calls out the misconceptions around feminism. Emma Watson has used her fame from Harry Potter to speak out about feminist issues. She stresses the importance of equal rights among all genders. Despite the negative connotation associated with feminism in today’s society, men are able to, and should be proud to be a feminist.
Although the term "feminism" wasn’t coined until decades later, Wollstonecraft paved the way for future women’s rights movements by advocating equality in education for women. She believed men and women should be equal in the very basic aspects of life, such as in loyalty in marriage. Wollstonecraft openly called out fellow philosopher and novelist of the time, Jean-Jacques Rousseau on his negative views of women and their role in society. Although against common beliefs of the time, Wollstonecraft boldly stated her opinions on a woman’s ability to think rationally and formulate ideas as well as any man. First of all, it is not difficult to decipher Wollstonecraft’s feelings about Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
In 1792, she published Vindication on the Rights of Woman, which is one of the most prominent feminist pieces to date. This book is considered a reply to the male dominated society opinion on women’s roles in society. Wollstonecraft states that the lack or neglect in education is the main cause of female misery. Because of the lack of education, (the conduct and manner of women, in fact, evidently prove that their minds are not in a healthy state….strength and usefulness are sacrificed to beauty) 2. Because education is the basis of achieving fundamental rights equal to that of men as Wollstonecraft’s describes, women in today’s modern day society should endorse the feminist movement in order to achieve the same fundamental rights as men; education of one’s potential and rights is vital in achieving self-respect and reviving ones self-image that would enable women to have a dynamic place in society akin to men.
Although demoted towards their own private domain and quite powerless, some women took edge and became involved in parts of reform such as temperance and abolition. Therefore this ultimately opened the way for women to come together in an organized movement to battle for their own rights in such ways as equal education, labor, legal reform, and the occupations. As stated in the nineteenth amendment, a constitutional revision that established women’s citizen rights to vote. In the 20th century leadership of the suffrage movement passed to two organizations. The first was the National American Woman Suffrage Association.