However they face the challenge and constant pressure to perform in all areas of their life whilst balancing domestic and corporate lives. This gives rise to the issue of being drained and burned out. Although women in the developed world have been blessed with more equal opportunities after generations of unfair inferiority, the pressure put on a society's women to be perfect at whatever they are expected to do is huge. Even with the enormous developments that have been made over decades, women must still constantly fight for the right to create their own identities, no matter where they're from or what they believe in. They strive to be like their precedents and in the bargain lose their self-identity.
“Their contribution during WW1 was the main reason why women gained the right to vote in 1918.” How valid is this view? Women were treated unequally to women in the early 1900’s. Women were not respected and were not trusted to have political duties as they were thought a woman’s duties were at home to take care of the family. Many believe women’s contribution to World War 1 was the main reason women gained the vote as it was seen as a ‘reward’. When the war broke out in August 1914 women gave up their suffrage campaigns in order to help war efforts such as replacing men in their jobs whilst they were away etc.
The struggle lies inside individual women themselves; those still influenced by a societal mindset that hasn’t caught up with this movement. I believe that the issues addressed by Friedan in her book, today, bring anxieties and frustration for a lot of women. The problems she revealed back then have merely taken on a different shape. Metaphorically speaking, it’s as though we have taken old problems contained in a vessel and repackaged the same problem in a different container- and we don’t even recognize it. Dissatisfaction with body image continues to be a problem today and in fact, it’s seeded a dangerous health epidemic among a very large population of women.
Friedan brings emotion and anger to the plight of women in her era of feminism, highlighting a political issue that remained out of the spotlight for far too long. Modern feminists can learn a lot from Friedan as a pioneer for women speaking out for what they believe despite it being unpopular. Though her work mainly discussed the feelings of white middle class women, her work led to a more comprehensive study of oppression on multiple levels, called intersectionality. Though not a politician herself, Friedan was able to take steps towards bringing on meaningful political change, a problem many women are still facing today especially in the abortion debate. Friedan and Gilman’s work have formed the touchstones for the current feminist movements and will continue to play a huge role as women work to advance their rights further in the coming years.
Yet after her mother tells her the story of Rose's maternal grandmother, who never knew worth until death, the formerly weak-willed Rose becomes determined to assert herself. When Ted comes for the divorce papers, she tells him that he can't just throw her out of his life. She fights for possession of the house and their daughter, and eventually wins her husband back (The Joy Luck Club, Answers.Com). The film shows how Rose has been “unfree” upon entering the marriage with Ted. From the very beginning, Rose has been struggling because of an “external force” that she cannot control.
During the 1950s, Australia’s attitude towards feminism was still quite negative. World War 2 had recently ended and although women contributed to the war effort, they were still expected to return home as housewives. Opportunities for women to be well educated and find success in high level jobs such as becoming a lawyer or a doctor were unlikely, as there was little point in continuing onto further tertiary studies because they would only go on to marry and have children and no longer contribute to the workforce. Staying true to one’s self in the 1950s was extremely difficult, especially if you were a female because society was constantly trying to mould you into something else. Australia’s expectations in the 1950s were that women should get married in their early twenties and devote themselves to the task of looking after the needs of their husband and children.
Speaking generally, Chopin's life and family heritage consisted of women who broke the mold, so to speak, most being working, something practically unheard of in that time period. Reactions to her first published works were mixed at best, cauing somewhat of a public outcry at the questioning of the societal morals of the community. At the age of 20, she married Oscar Chopin, then son of a wealthy cotton growing family. According to all accounts, he adored her wife, admiring her independence and intelligence, "allowing" her unheard of freedom. This is one of the examples of the misogynistic mindset in the age she was raised, that certainly fueled her writing.
Though this should not be a characteristic of Mrs. Birling, it is. Working in a charity that aims to help women in trouble, Mrs. Birling met Eva in the final weeks of her life but after hearing her distressing story had little sympathy for the girl due to the fact she was under the false name of “Mrs. Birling”. This made her very angry and biased towards Eva and her case. Using her high social status Mrs. Birling made sure that the charity turned Eva away, which, as a consequence pushed Eva to desperation.
Nora was thrust into a position to be the perfect mother and wife, without ever being given the chance to figure out if that is what she wanted. As two English professors from Razi University have said, Nora “subdued right[s] from herself only for the sake of her spouse and children” which only furthers the idea that Nora was damaged by what society expected of her. This quote explains how Nora thought that she had duties to herself, but
They worked in paid employment as well as, within their homes. After the war women realised they had many choices and “Feminist’s’ fought for equality and women have now gained more rights. Family structure and values have changed and through effective methods of contraception, family sizes have become smaller. Women can remain single or marry and remain childless or combine marriage, children, and a career. Many women join the workforce for the ‘mental stimulation that home duties can’t provide’, as well as for the economic reasons.