Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought for women to have legal rights, have better jobs, and higher education, even though many men shunned her. First off, many women fought against the laws that discriminated against them. In 1848, Stanton met with four other women for a social meeting. They decided to form a convention and get together to “discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of women (Brown).” This convention was called The Seneca Falls Convention. The women campaigned for full female equality.
Feminist Criticism on “The Awakening” Kate Chopin wrote “The Awakening”, to show people of the nineteenth century society and the future generations, how hard women struggled to overcome their conflicting emotions and the oppression of society’s tradition to become more than just personal property for men to control. Feminist criticism portrays women in literature as the most important forms of ‘socialization’. All throughout “The Awakening”, Kate Chopin shows examples of how women should and should not act in society, in their homes, and with their husbands. In Edna Pontellier’s adopted society, women are viewed more valuable when they conform into the mother-woman role. The mother-woman role is another form of men control, because it dictates how women should idolize their children, worship their husbands, and honor their isolated but inferior positions.
Victoria Mullins Women’s History II Tues/Thurs, 9:00AM The fight for rights as an American woman has been a very long, uphill battle. When it comes to the laws and how they are created, there have been many different perspectives. This was especially true during the Women’s Movement of the early 1900’s. How one views the issues at hand influences what they believe needs to be changed within the laws themselves. American feminists found themselves divided on the issues of “equality” under the law.
Women’s Suffrage in America Since the beginning of time women have had a different, sometimes unequal role than men. All over the world women have struggled and still struggle for equality. More specifically, in the United States of America women have really made efforts to justify their human rights. Since the first colonies women have expressed the right to vote and been denied or ignored by men. The Declaration of Independence’s wording specifies “All men are created equal.” Ever since then women have been determined to rewrite those words.
For Women in America, Equality is Still an Illusion In her article, "For Women in America, Equality is Still an Illusion", Jessica Valenti subject matter is to describe the discrepancies between what is perceived as gender equality to what is really occurring in America in hopes of ending the mistreatment and injustices of women. Valenti writes this essay in hopes of disillusioning women that believe they have the same equal rights and treatments that men have in America. She conveys a certain emotionally upset tone in her work (mainly due to her being a woman) to grab the reader's attention. She uses selection of detail to show the hardships of women not only in America, but in other countries as well. Valenti provides many statistics of abuse against women here in the United States as well as examples of evidence for the mistreatment of women.
As a feminist, Ms Eastman points out; “But the true feminist, no matter how far to the left she may be in the revolutionary movement, sees the woman's battle as distinct in its objects and different in its methods from the workers' battle for industrial freedom. She knows, of course, that the vast majority of women as well as men are without property, and are of necessity bread and butter slaves under a system of society which allows the very sources of life to be privately owned by a few, and she counts herself a loyal soldier in the working-class army that is marching to overthrow that system. But as a feminist she also knows that the whole of woman's slavery is not summed up in the profit system, nor her complete emancipation assured by the downfall of capitalism.” (Eastman)
Stanton helped to organize the National Women's Suffrage Association (NWSA), which aimed to overcome gender inequality by encouraging the need for women's rights. Stanton was brought up well educated but concentrated on women’s rights. She used this ethical position as an activist along with her husband to put into the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions everything she had learned about how women were being treated all around the United States. For instance, “He has denied her the facilities for obtaining a thorough education, all colleges being closed against her.” In the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions read on the first day, Stanton used pathos with a tough tone toward an audience of 200 women to provoke rage and aggression. She showed us pathos when she stated "that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights."
IAH 201: U.S. & The World (D) The Women’s Rights Movement Starting In the early 1800s women began to question their general role in society and how it is unjust and unfair. Interestingly the educated radicals and working class women in early 1800s were still concerned with the roles and rights of women, they did not classify suffrage as being the prominent issue. The idea of women’s suffrage did not become the primary goal of the Women’s rights movement until around the 1850s, and then remained the primary goal up until 1920 when women finally achieved the right to vote. Further, there were many significant male and female figuresthat played crucial roles in the Women’s rights movements that eventually led to, but didn’t stop at, the achievement of women’s right to vote in 1920. It was in the early 1800s when women began to question various issues such as their roles in society and their rights as a woman, or their lack of rights and unjust inequality in comparison to males.
Each of the female characters makes some link to feminism. They make certain choices that can be looked at in a feminist perspective to help us understand why they made these choices. Firstly, women were expected to marry a man with wealth, a high social status and good looks. Catherine says “It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff”. Here, she unambiguously opposes the feminist view of which women were expected to marry and obey the patriarchal society.
As we all know that feminism is a part of the larger movement in the contemporary world for women’s equality. The movement grew out of previous centuries of struggle by women to win equal rights, and out of previous writings such as Mary Wollstonecraft’s A vindication of the rights of woman(1792). In the 1920 there was a clear signs of new and different approaches in relation to women writers and literature. One of the most noticeable work is Virginia Woolf’s essays on women authors who suffered from economic and cultural disadvantages in which she termed a ‘patriarchal’ society. Her essay A Room of One’s Own became a classic issue of why there were so few women writers and why it is frequently difficult or impossible for a woman to write.