A challenge is an obstacle that prevents an individual from reaching their goal. If overcome, it can lead to success and personal growth. Women in the 1940s and 50s had many challenges such as society’s expectations, persecution and the need for self belief. Mona Lisa Smile, directed by Mike Newell, tells the story of young Californian teacher Katherine Watson who transfer to Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Katherine battles to teach a groups of girls and encourage them to be independent and think for themselves.
She’s filled with nervousness and she’s desperate being perfectly good looking. I found a quote which supports my contention:”I wearing a checkeredilke blue and green cotton dress, and scattered about these colors are bits of yellow and white and brown.” In this quote we see that she’s really marking all the details about her looking. It also indicates that she wants to make a good impression at the school. Her mother is determined to get her into a good school, and shows that she’s a loving mom and she cares about her child. Her mother is also not well educated.
To this day, woman won’t receive higher paying jobs than men due to genders. In that sense Marji and I strive to make a change of acceptance for the greater good, however outcomes from different coast make it differ. Throughout Persepolis, Satrapi portrays herself as an astonishing child and with her use of simplistic neutral illustrations aided with minimal text she is able to showcase her search for identity. In the beginning of the novel, Satrapi introduces herself outside of her class photo consisting a group of girls wearing the veil uncomfortably. Satrapi embarks on a journey in the search for her identity, as she expresses “I really
In contrast, the same idea of a woman following her own mind is considered normal in American society. June and the rest of the daughters are being raised to think being obedient is best but in a society that encourages freedom. Marriage is another cultural difference the mothers have with their daughters. The mothers were raised to believe they were never to remarry after their husbands have died. The daughters disagree and believe divorce is ok.
It is easy for women to conform to an idea when it is supposed to be a dream come true—everything they could ever want. An instance of discourse like this near the beginning of the text is “[women] learned that truly feminine women do not want careers, higher education, political rights…All they had to do was devote their lives from girlhood to finding a husband and bearing children.” (Friedman 270) This exemplifies the way that femininity is instilled into young women, and the one-track minds that result from it. When experts, teachers, parents and peers alike define the expectations of a woman, it is be difficult for females to imagine their femininity as anything aside from the
Being always ready to help she is obliged to forget about her own wealth. Helping is her paramount destination. Sometimes girls feel as if they are alone in this world and they can do nothing with the pressure of gender stereotypes, as soon as all their actions will be considered as inapplicable for the standards of society. A girl should stop for a moment and think of what she can undertake in order to reverse the situation. There are three effective ways of avoiding having culture’s gender stereotypes derail girls’ dreams: a search for the supporters, a careful explanation, and an attempt to go through the personal experience.
At this point she has sunken to Stanley’s level and it is clear that she develops her morals in accordance to his. “Mean Girls” addresses the issue of a constant hunger for popularity and status. However the trends we see in “Mean Girls” certainly apply not only to high school students, but to our society. Our protagonist builds an identity that fits into the narrow mould of how a girl “should” behave. She alters her fashion sense, her style, and slowly loses herself in a world of fakery.
Culture influences infant and toddler development in many ways, yet all children respond differently. Culture itself has so many possibilities that sometimes it is often hard to determine what within a culture does affect a child’s development. For example, a child may find the daily routine of traditional daycare to be invigorating. This could affect the child’s life beyond childhood leading them to becoming a very outgoing person who is actively involved in many group and other activities. A different child, in the same routine, may find it overwhelming and may grow up to avoid large groups, preferring a life path that is more secluded.
Shatamara Towler Professor Flowers EDUC 2120 25 June 2014 Gender Biases and Socialization in Education in “The Mona Lisa Smile” As teachers, we recognize that schools are places of cultural governments. Schools are a set of public, literal and optical traditions aimed to produce the creation of values and needs that affect people’s sense of their future identities and possibilities. The traditions and ideologies concerning women’s role in society in The Mona Lisa Smile, affects the students desires and identities, and the role of social change. The film speaks on the culture of young women in prestigious schools preparing to give up their education for the education of their children, and serve as wives to privileged males, rather than following their own dreams. Katherine Watson, the teacher, challenges the girls by portraying liberal ideas to the students.
She relates to one of Hofstede’s dimension which is the “individualism- collectivism”, the degree to which a culture relies on and has allegiance to the self or the group. (Lustig & Koester, 2010, p. 117) Miss Daisy in the beginning was very hesitant to allow someone to drive her around town. She liked her privacy and the last thing she wanted in her life was change. She acted like she didn’t need a driver. She didn’t want to be seen as a rich woman that had to be taken care of.