The Art of Feminism Essay

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The Art of Feminism April Lambert HIS 204 American History Since 1865 Instructor: Steven Peters July 1, 2012 Marian Wright Edelman, American Activist, stated it best when she said, “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” Women have had to struggle throughout history. Our main roles in life were motherhood and being a wife. We were not equals in the household and society. We were merely there to be a helpmate and an ornamental piece. We had no say in political and legal proceedings. “Since early times, women have been uniquely viewed as a creative source of human life. Historically, however, they have been considered not only intellectually inferior to men but also a major source of temptation and evil. 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, 1995) This paper will show the accomplishments and strides women have made since 1845 and the impact of our rebirth. From the beginning of human civilization to only recently, women were considered to be less than men and denied the same opportunities, their place was at the home, not running around in a "man's world". Not only were men against women gaining freedom, there were also women who against suffrage and feminism. Women rights leaders and feminists were opposed from all angles. “Proper women were expected to adhere to the four tenets of the “cult of true womanhood”: piety, purity, domesticity and submissiveness. According to this code of conduct, your virtue was measured in terms of your religious devotion, your sexual purity, your excellence as a homemaker, and

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