Mary was the first black women appointed to the Board of Education, she became the first president of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, and she was the first women president of the Bethel Literary and Historical Society. Mary speaks about the trials and tribulations African Americans had to endure during the early 1900’s, and how situations continue to worsen as time goes on. In her speech she goes on to make references how colored people are not being treated fairly and with dignity she believes they deserve. She makes it easy for her listeners to understand these injustices by referencing topics her audience can relate to. Her story about how a young colored women was turned away from a job just because the color of her skin can be linked with how women with higher capabilities than their male counterparts are still not receiving the position.
Comparison Between The Book of Negroes and The Color Purple The Book of Negroes is a novel about a woman named Aminata Diallo and her journey to freedom. She is brought to America via the slave trade and uses her midwifery, reading and writing skills to help cope with her situation and gain freedom. The story is told from the point of view of Aminata Diallo in her later years. She looks back at her journey to freedom and the people whom she loved and lost along the way. The book deals with various themes such as discrimination, separation, slavery, oppression and survival.
Gluck completed her undergraduate work at Shimer College (the Great Books College of Chicago) in Illinois and completed advanced degree work at UCLA and University of California, Berkeley. Additional publications include ‘Women’s Words the Feminist Practice of Oral History (1991) and ‘An American Feminist in Palestine: The Intifada Years’ (1994). Gluck’s Rosie the Riveter Revisited: Women, The War, and Social Change is a collection of detailed oral histories that not only chronicle the lives of the ‘Rosie the Riveters’ (working-women during the WWII years), but encompasses the pre-war and post-war years of each interviewee. Gluck intertwines these interviews in such a way that she presents a somewhat comprehensive understanding of the daily routines of these ‘Rosie the Riveters.’ In addition to the personal experience aspect of her interviews, Gluck also directly busts the misrepresented mentality of women laying down tools and happily giving up their jobs to the returning military men. Gluck argues that the ‘Rosie’ era was bigger than the players involved and that it had direct effects on women’s accepted skill sets and ‘place’ within the working sector over the 3 decades following the end of WWII.
Brenda DoHarris’s Calabash Parkway, set in between the 70s and the 80s in Brooklyn, New York, in a novel about four Guyanese women named, Agatha, Evadne, Gwennie and Drupattie, who migrate to North America, to find love and to escape from tragedy. In the story Agatha, Evadne, Gwennie and Drupattie struggle for survival and discrimination. Feminism in Calabash Parkway, is represented in ‘Eunice’s business, independence, and the support of Evadne, Doreen, and Gwennie. Eunice’s business in this story is a very prominent feature of feminism. Agatha, one of the main characters, has been struggling ever since she migrate to Brooklyn, New York.
In the same way, literature has affected the thoughts and actions of people throughout history. Throughout the Victorian Era, authors played off of their large female audience by creating strong female protagonists to which their readers could relate or learn from. Throughout the novel Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte challenges her readers views’ on the role a woman should play in society during this era by manipulating the tone and diction given to Jane Eyre through Gothic and Romantic elements. From the beginning of Bronte’s novel, the reader is exposed to the issue of gender limitations regarding social status during the 19th century. Jane Eyre is depicted as a child, yet is capable of illustrating her surroundings and memories in such a sophisticated manner.
Carleen Henry-Palmer English 101 Professor Askary Essex County College 3 June 2013 Palmer 1 Carleen Henry-Palmer Professor Nina Askary English 101 3 June 2013 Snapshot: Lost Lives of Women Strength and inspiration comes from our family, elders, past generations and their stories. In Amy Tan’s “Snapshot: Lost Lives of Women”, she attempts to reach, touch and appeal her reader’s emotion. Although the story of her grandmother’s life seems to be a common story of the Nineteenth Century Era within the Chinese cultural context, it reveals another intense story to us. This delicate message is about the author’s grandmother’s relentless spirit that has become her muse to write and share these historical facts with her audience. She uses a family photo to describe the bondage and enslavement of Chinese women in her grandmother’s culture.
David Palagashvili Period 7 AP Sen. Lit. September 11th, 2010 Mrs. Boness Charlotte Bronte, in her famous feminist novel, Jane Eyre, used her narrator and protagonist to stress and emphasize the critical need for the reformation of childcare. She does this through a textual illustration of the atrocities against women and children of the Victorian Era in England. The story’s main character, Jane, is the depiction of an average yet peculiarly exceptional woman who takes the reader through the story of her life from childhood to present. The given passage is an excerpt of a portion of Jane’s late childhood at her boarding school, Lowood.
Esthetic Heritage vs. Culture Heritage A response to Alice Walker's “Everyday Use” “Everyday Use”, by Alice Walker, is set in the late 1960s or early 70s and tells the story of a mother and her two daughters--Maggie and Dee and their conflicting ideas about their identities and ancestry. The mother narrates the story of the day one daughter, Dee, visits from college and clashes with the other daughter, Maggie, over the possession of an heirloom quilt. Through the description of Dee's visit, the author shows how the two daughters' perspectives and appreciation of their heritage differ and how it compares to the position they hold today. Maggie thinks that culture and heritage are involved in everyday lives. Dee, from the other point of view, thinks that culture and heritage are to be valued only for their artistic appeal and to be observed from a distance.
In her book, "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 To The Present," Gail Collins gives readers insight into the modern history of women, as well as an analysis of what she refers to as the 'feminist dilemma.' In her chronicle of fifty-some years of change (riddled with challenges), Collins details not only the cultural transformation that impacted the rights and roles of American women, but the social, legal, and political events that lead to those changes, and she does so with considerable wit and a sense of levity. In its review of Collins' book, "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 To The Present," the New York Times reported that she had observed that by 1960,
Short Story Analysis “A Rose for Emily” The short story A Rose for Emily written by William Faulkner is a story about a woman named Emily living in the town of Jefferson. . A Rose for Emily illustrates the theme of aging and decay. The author describes this by using imagery about the house, and in Miss Emily herself. Set in the early nineteen hundreds, the story opens with the town finding out about Emily's death.