Women colleges C. Coeducation Conclusion The Fight for Women’s Rights Throughout history women have been hidden behind their husbands. They were not able to have a say in the household, hold a job with reasonable hours, or be able to earn reasonable pay. Many women would not speak up for themselves. Men took pleasure in their control over them. Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought for women to have legal rights, have better jobs, and higher education, even though many men shunned her.
Maggie’s mother was also older and better suited to be a mother because she was older and more experienced however, Maggie’s father also left the family. Maggie turned out to be shy and refrained from social life since she did not leave the house after being burned. “She stoops down quickly and lines up picture after picture of me sitting in front of the house with Maggie cowering behind me” (Walker 746). Too much attention leads to Maggie clinging to her mother and not enough attention drives Emily to not seek out a close relationship with her mother. Both mothers are concerned with the status of their daughters.
A Vindication of the Rights of Women’ is an early example of a feminist outlook; Wollstonecraft aims to define, establish and defend equal political, economic, and social rights and equal opportunities for women. In this extract, Wollstonecraft “speaks of passion”; she believes that women were not given the right choices; they were not educated to the full. This affects their choices and they don’t have the full knowledge that they should have been provided with. Jill tweedy was also a feminist writer, who had a balanced view of the relationships between men and women. She believed that women should be equal to men in relationships.
Feminist movements have challenged the traditional stereotype of a woman’s role of being a stay at home mother and caring for her family. Women are less willing to listen and obey their patriarchal husbands, and in a majority of households; there are dual working families. Although radical feminists argue that we have still not achieved equality between men and women; there has been major improvements. The way in which feminists, as well as women in general look at younger girls has also changed. In previous years; advice given by older women to younger girls would be to make sure that they get married and they are not ‘left on the shelf’.
Nevertheless, it seems that he could not escape the dominant philosophy of his own society that women were the weaker sex. The question is why? Why did More believe that giving more rights and power to women would contribute to the creation of a perfect society? Also, why, yet giving women more rights and power than they usually would be given, he still maintained the patriarchal values of the sixteenth century? Even in the perfect Utopian world of Thomas More, the social status of women, the role they played in society and the general way they were treated, were influenced by the dominant view of the society at that time and by his own personal values.
This changed after the Civil War, giving women their right to speak up and become more like men. The role of many women had change from a homemaker to being able to provide for the family by either getting a job. In addition, they were starting to be allowed to have a voice. Not only were they allowed to go out and start getting jobs, but the right to vote was also starting to come out. Without the changing role of women, things that we have in everyday life as American’s could possibly not exist.
Whilst any gender can be subjected to sexist behaviour, it is most commonly women who tend to be on the receiving end of it`. Functionalist and right wing sociologists might argue that sexism hardly exists in society today. Feminists would argue against this. Feminists have fought against the injustices endured by women, they do not believe in male supremacy. The fundamental principles that have existed in a western patriarchal society made women second-class citizens in comparison to men.
Women are kept from growing and learning, “education for women has become so suspect that more drop out of high school and college to marry and have babies…women so insistently confine themselves to one role”(R89). Women have the potential to finish schooling and feel success as men do, but they restrict themselves to the image of the ideal woman, which is not the
Has society and culture hindered women’s abilities to lead, and are women still constantly judged against? There are multiple ways to answer this question. Argument against: From the beginning it has been made clear to humans that men should be the protective, strong, working ones, while women should care for the family and take care of household duties. Over thousands of years of an ever-changing world, the role has gradually shifted and shifted. When women were granted the right to vote in the early 1900’s, a women’s right streak took over, and from then on, it only got better for women.
The media can contribute to people’s ideas of what the “perfect woman” or “perfect man” is, but, as the media is an often completely false agent of propaganda, real life men and women cannot live up to expectations. Changes in the social position of women may have contributed to higher divorce rates as women have, in the past 100 years, achieved many new rights such as: the vote, employment and education. This shift in the position of women within society may have made them less willing to accept an unsatisfactory marriage that often includes traditional gender roles with no opportunity for them to work towards their own goals and lives outside of the home. There is now much less social stigma and blame attached to divorce, meaning that