During the 1800s, males dominated and were the superior gender in the
society. Women’s rights and feminism did not exist. In the 1800s divorces were frowned upon and everything was given to the males.
In the Declaration of Sentiments, Stanton enumerated specific complaints concerning the oppressed status of women in American society: their inability to vote; exclusion from higher education and professional careers; subordination to male authority in both church and state; and legal
victimization in terms of wages, property rights, and divorce (Driscoll 1).
Since males acquired all the assets and children during a divorce, a woman’s only hope to gain freedom and assets was to rel...
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the men don’t get everything; both the man and the woman have an equal chance to prove they are worthy enough to obtain assets and children. Usually the female acquires the children and the male acquires the assets. “The Story of an Hour” might inspire some modern-day wives to oppose their husbands if their marriages are not going so well. This story has made me aware of my equal rights as a woman, and how much I take those rights for granted.
Chopin, Kate. "Story of an Hour." New York: Vogue Magazine, 1894. 156-158.
Driscoll, Kerry. "Feminism." American History Through Literature 1870-1920. Ed. Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst. Vol. 1. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. 380-386. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. Niles North High School. 3 Mar. 2008.
Merriam-Webster Online. 2005. Merriam-Webster Online. 20 Feb. 2008 .
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