The first theme will explore how throughout my mother life she is looking for gender equality but can’t seem to get it. In the first interview between my mother and I she talks about how she wasn’t treated fairly when it came to work labor in the household and when she would think of stepping out of her gender roles she would be put right back in her place. My mom says “My father expected all of us to go to school and make good grades but when we came right back home the women were expected to begin to cook and clean up while the boys did all the heavy labor in the yard. I always thought about if I could do all of that labor but I would end up zoning out and get slapped by my mom. It wasn’t the easiest job being a woman back in Nigeria” (Interview 1). In other words, my mother was used to her gender roles as a woman to cook and clean while the men would work in the field with her father but when she tried stepping out of her gender she was always put back in her place by her mother. In addition, this type of gender discouragement can relate to the waves of feminism and how before the woman began to fight for equality between men and woman they were thought of as stay at home wives that watched over the kids and made food while the men would go to work. As woman continued to fight for their...
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...et a deeper understanding in the life of my mother. My mother’s experience showed a very deep example of how the term gender has had an everlasting impact on her life and how she views things now. She has had to go through so much in her life just because her gender is defined as a woman. From looking at the themes presented it was very simple to analysis the what kind of treatment was given to the life a woman in a different country and time. What I have learned all together about my mother’s life and gender in general is that as a woman born in a different country you are brought up differently but even here in America today we still share the same continuation of oppression. Woman have been getting treated unfairly for about as long as time can tell and they all are trying to find this definition called equality for all and that’s what I believe every woman wants.
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