Friedan was an author, an activist, and the first president of the National Organization for Women. The National Organization for Women aimed to promote women 's ideas, eliminate discrimination, and protect the equal rights of women in all aspects of life. Friedan ignited the second wave of American feminism by writing The Feminine Mystique. Friedan 's audience would most likely be women who want their rights and are annoyed with the housewife role. In her article, "The Importance of Work," Friedan uses several means of persuasion and different types of rhetorical strategies to describe the change in human identity.
“And women should stand beside man as the comrade of his soul, not the servant of his body” (Direct 1). In the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a wife and mother, faces postpartum depression and, treatment that is unfit for her by her husband. The resting cure increases her psychological behavior causing her to hallucinate. The women lose all form of self-awareness and is expected to conform to what is expected of her in the 19th century. In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Gilman demonstrates the issues women faced during 1892 using theme, point of view, and symbolism.
The start of her awakening is when she fights with her husband and in frustration, takes off her wedding ring, throws it on the ground, and attempts to crush it (Chopin 70). She decides to move out of her house while her husband and children are away, and buys a house of her own. At the knowledge of this, her husband stresses the importance of her staying at home to care for the children and is afraid of what others will think of her rebellious actions. Another part of Edna’s awakening is coming to terms with her love for another man other than her husband. When she whispers to Robert that she loves him and only him she also states that he was the reason for her awakening (Chopin 146).
Connie has a conflict with her mother, presented in the story as they continually fight; her mom generally starts the conflict, "Why don 't you keep your room clean like your sister? How 've you got your hair fixed—what the hell stinks? Hair spray? You don 't see your sister using that junk" (308). Connie has a conflict with June, her sister.
Women abolitionists became involved in the movement to abolish slavery by becoming a part of the discussion in the first meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Although women were running these organizations, they were not permitted to serve as delegates. The abolition of slavery would lead to the Women’s Rights Movement that many people would end up supporting. The movement overall was successful for women because of the organizational skills that were previously learned while they fought to end slavery. Sarah and Angelina Grimke were one of the first women in the 1830s who would rally against mixed crowds; practicing their first amendment of freedom of assembly.
From the very beginning Martha is shown as a hard worker with a distaste for unfinished work. We see this when it is commented that, “She hated to see things half done…” (1)She is brought along with her husband to the home of John and Minnie Wright. Minnie is an old friend of Martha’s; however, since her marriage to John Wright, she’s changed from the young, fun-loving girl she used to be. After Mr. Hale explains what he saw, the men leave to investigate the upstairs and leave the women in the kitchen. However, the details that the men brushed off as mere” kitchen things”, tell another story when the women see
Its opponents have even suggested that feminist rhetoric condemns the opposite sex to the extent of gender antagonism (Young). In light of both the altruistic progressivism and the criticized status surrounding the contemporary women’s movement, the progress made through centuries of perseverance overall suggests that the movement intends to better and help the status of women in society. Now a movement based around securing the franchise of women, contemporary feminism initially spawned to uphold the rights of women before they were legally acknowledged. The spirit of the movement established itself at this initial point, a “gathering devoted to women’s rights” (“The Women 's Rights Movement, 1848-1920”). As such, in commitment to its original form, the contemporary movement reflects
Nora remains one of the most striking dramatic depictions of the late –nineteenth century women..The play gradually builds a climax when Nora rejects smothering marriage and life in a ‘doll’s house’. With the intention to liberate herself from social construction she slams the door in the end and leaves. Ibsen crafted the modern play by capturing the meaning behind modernism. He gives his audience a conventional middle-class household and lets his character Nora become the basic modernist. Modernism had to grow over a period of time, one event leading to another, until society realized what freedom is.
“Ibsen has been resoundingly saved from feminism, or, as it was called in his day, “the woman question”(Templeton). Social equality within a piece of literature gave it the potential to turn into pro-women propaganda. To Ibsen, his work was more than simple propaganda.
“Have dinner ready, prepare yourself, prepare the children, minimize all noise, be happy to see him, listen to him, make the evening his”, here is what young women learned at school in the 1950’s in America (Vanessa Martins Lamb). Women with the constant social pressure of being well dressed and being taught to have good etiquette is the training that most women have to go through in order to obtain the perfect housewife image till her marriage. The reader of this novel views it a way to harm the role of women and how they are viewed, in a male dominant society. The novel set during the time where women were oppressed by the male dominant society to remain in her position of a housewife inside the “kitchen walls” and condemned to accept fighting all alone with the daily routine (“1950-1970”). However, the following years after the release of the novel the role of women in a male dominant society has changed, where women can voice their opinion, continue with their education and find a job that is tailored for them.