In comparison Fay Weldon’s Letters to Alice, written a few centuries after, shows a clear link of how particular concerns, held by society, have altered. A women living in the late 1800’s had very few rights and freedoms. Education was a thing men and if a women engaged in such activities she was at risk of being shunned by society or “left on the shelf.” Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice follows a young girl, Elizabeth Bennet, who struggles against society’s expectations. Being a smart and well educated women, she is somewhat frowned upon, however this has been disguised by Austen through her dialogue. An example is seen near the beginning of the book in which Mr Darcey and Mr Binley’s brother are engaged in polite conversation.
An external factor is a factor in which affects the education system from outside for example home and family. Sociologist argue that the difference between the achievement of each gender is through several external factors , in which are causing girls to achieve better than boys within school, these consist of ; The impacts of feminist; since the 1960’s the feminist movement have challenged the typical stereotype of woman’s roles within society as a mother alongside being a housewife. Feminist still believe they have not yet achieved full equality, however have improved woman’s rights and opportunity’s through the use of laws, as well as this feminism have largely raised expectations and self-esteems of woman. An example of this would be through McRobbie; she took a comparison of girl magazines in the 1970’s and 1990’s. In the 1970’s magazines like Jackie Largely promoted marriage and being a housewife, whereas in the 1990’s magazines took a different approach of personal choice and independence of woman.
When it comes to literature she says “All too often, the excuse given is that the literatures of women of color can only be taught by colored women, or that they are too difficult to understand, or that classes cannot “get into” them because they come out of experiences that are “too different.” I have heard this argument presented by white women of otherwise quite clear intelligence… Surely there must be some other explanation” (856). She also believes that “white women to believe the dangerous fantasy… And true, unless one lives and loves in the trenches it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless” (857). She sees why white women sometimes think the way they do. She presents these thought to show how misunderstood some people
The question to be looked at is ‘What does it mean to be a woman?’Although there has been some progress in the past 30 years, particularly in women’s education and employment equality, there are still many inequalities and also more inconspicuous issues affecting the women of today including domestic violence and rape and sexual abuse and I would like to look further into this. So, what does it mean to be female in today’s society? Though there has been some improvement in gender equality, women are still oppressed. Today’s women earn one-tenth of the worlds income, occupy only 18% of seats in the worlds parliaments, comprise two-thirds of the exploited informal workforce, and for women aged 15-44 gender violence accounts for more deaths and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war (World Health Organisation 2005). Studies show women are paid less even when doing the same job with the same experience as their male counterparts
Both would also seem to be in agreement that this disparity should be remedied. Although Tong literally attacks Summers, she seems to slip up at times and she actually confirms some of his speculations. She does this, for example, by stating that women are hesitant to work 80 hours weeks immediately after characterizing this as an ignorant argument. It seems that Tong simply wants the issue to be about discrimination, which is a valid point, but she does so by censoring the opinions of others and by denying even the remotest possibility that Summers might have even one legitimate observation. The contrasts are so evident as to make the similarities pale in comparison and it would seem that the real issues will never be solved unless people can communicate more effectively than Summers and
AP English Open-ended Prompt: 1987 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen seems to challenge the traditional order of society in her time and age, where women marry not out of love but rather for wealth and an establishment of a stable household. She presents this progressive stance through the contrasting relationships of couples who had a love marriage such as, Darcy and Elizabeth as well as Jane and Bingley, as opposed to couples who did not - Mr. and Mrs. Bennett as well as Lydia and Wickham. From the very beginning of the novel, it is clear to the readers that Mr. and Mrs. Bennett do not have a very loving nor compatible relationship, despite the frequency to which she addresses him as ‘my dear’. In fact, it is evident that even
Bahrani is an educated Iraqian woman who believes that by her racialized experiences, she has learned that she is being offered a chance to choose between races. Bahrani finds it very difficult to take something like race serious when out there, there are many debates going on about it. As if race was something to not be taken serious, but rather just chosen as something to “fit in.” Bahrani goes on to explain, “I don’t think the Census Bereaus is doing me the favor I think it is” ( Bahrani 2). Bahrani doesn’t feel the need of choosing what she should be, but rather thinks that this is doing harm. In addition, Cofer felt like an outcast as a young child because of her race.
Alyssa Rosenberg looks at the implications of Jezebel’s troll crisis: The Jezebel staffers’ complaint [that their parent company isn't blocking porn-bearing trolls] raises a broader issue. As publications have struggled to figure out what will reliably draw in both readers and advertisers on the Internet, feminist posts have emerged as a clear success story, one that provokes a unique response, both positive and negative. Feminist political commentary, feminist cultural criticism and women’s first-person narratives and personal essays have all done well in this challenging new ecosystem, even as they have inspired a particularly ferocious backlash. Many online publications have been willing to profit from these positive responses, but they have been slow to protect the writers and editors who must deal with ugly responses. Rosenberg expands on the economics of women-oriented journalism: One of the attractions of feminist writing is that it can be inexpensive to produce.
However, the way these writers define this public drastically contrasts with the views of writer Lillian Bowie, Director of Economic Partnerships and Development. While the purpose of Jones and Muhammad’s article was to dissolve the stereotypical views society has of black women, and inform the public of all other positive definitions they embody, Bowie chooses instead to focus on how African American women are becoming more and more educated, yet still struggle with satisfactory pay in the workforce and the opportunity to have more professional type jobs. Bowie notes in her article “The Economic Status of Black Women in America”, that despite the fact that black women’s “educational attainment” have risen more rapidly than those of their white counter parts, they are still “under-represented in management-level and professional positions and face significant barriers in the transition from low-wage jobs to professional
Women have the capability to become educated and have a higher impact on society other than just through domesticity. Opponents of allowing women to pursue higher education and professional jobs say that it will upset social order and destroy femininity. This is a small price to pay for equality even if it is true. The opponents also say that women are incapable of this completing this education and working in professionally. This is not true because rich women are already going to college, so why cannot this be expanded, and even when women were denied professional jobs, women like Jane Addams showed their capability in places other than the work