Positive Change in Women Academia

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In today’s modern society, it is know that having a good education is very key to future success. There are many examples of both men and women that exemplify this. But receiving a sufficient and proper education was not always the case for females. In this paper I will discuss what it was like to be a woman when academics was not the main focus, some of the signs that showed a positive change for women and academics was occurring, and finally the present time of women and their academics all in American society. When the image of a “perfect” American home comes to mind, you see a house with a white fence, a mother, a father, two children, and a dog. Now the mother is usually seen with an apron on and some baked goods in her hand waiting to disperse her goods. The skill of producing those “goods” is considered to be one of the main qualities or necessities to being a productive female for society. “Wifehood and motherhood were regarded as women’s most significant professions.” (Women’s International Center) I too have to say that I was swayed by society’s vision of this nuclear family. The mom would stay at home doing chores that needed to be done and would cook the food for each meal, while the father was the breadwinner. I would like to say this image has sprouted in our heads from a lot of media from the war era, mainly WWII. Women were often denied many opportunities that men were not. The lack of opportunities for women not only put a stranglehold on their rights, but also what they could possibly accomplish. This brought up many negative stereotypes for women. “In Greek mythology, for example, it was a woman, Pandora, who opened the forbidden box and brought plagues and unhappiness to mankind. Early Roman law described women as children, forever inferior to men.” (Women’s International Center) Trying to grow up in a society where you are forever deemed

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