Equal Rights for Women

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Alexandra Santos Curry Mitchell GEW 101 Exploration 3 1 October 2013 “Equal Rights for Women” Shirley Chisholm once said, “Why is it acceptable for women to be secretaries, librarians, and teachers, but totally unacceptable for them to be managers, administrators, doctors, lawyers, and Members of Congress?” On May 1st, 1969, Chisholm stated that men and women should have equal rights and that no one should be treated differently. In her speech, “Equal Rights for Women,” she uses two rhetorical devices, one being repetition, and the other being the pathos appeal. In the last part of the speech, Chisholm uses repetition, which means to repeat a word or phrase, to emphasize what needs to be heard. Another rhetoric device that is used in the speech is the pathos appeal, which according to Praxis, it can be defined as, “an emotion used to sway the audience” (Clark 82). In the speech, “Equal Rights for Women,” Chisholm uses repetition and the pathos appeal to convince us that she is correct and that women should be treated as equal as men. Repetition is used in this speech specifically to inform everyone that women should have the same rights as men do. “Women need no protection that men do not need. What we need are laws to protect working people, to guarantee them fair pay, safe working conditions, protection against sickness and layoffs, and provision for dignified, comfortable retirement. Men and women need these things equally. That one sex needs protection more than the other is a male supremacist myth as ridiculous and unworthy of respect as the white supremacist myths that society is trying to cure itself of at this time” (http://gos.sbc.edu). Chisholm repeats the word “need” in the last few sentences of her speech to emphasize what needs to be done. Repeating words makes your speech much more powerful. Looking at this from Chisholm’s viewpoint, she

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