Throughout history women have not been given the credit that they truly deserve. Women have been treated cruel since the very beginning. It takes real women to stand up for what they deserve and only certain women will do this. These women need to get credit for the chances they took and the influences they have made on the world. Famous American women have changed the world and have proved that no matter the race, size, or disabilities life might strike people with, they can still conquer remarkable feats.
America would not be the great country it is today if we did not have women of such strength as Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. Both women “shared awareness of how their sexual identity combined with their racial identity to make their whole life situation and the focus of their political struggles unique” They defied the odds by standing up for what they believed in and taking action. Without early feminism and female activist the country would not be as advanced in equality as it is today. These women are still relevant today because they represent some of the origins feminism, though women do have the right to vote and the right to own land we have a far way to go to have complete equality with men. The wage gap and social injustices still occurring to modern day women remind us that we have to look back at the strong women that helped get us where we are now and inspire us to strive for equality in all fields of life because gender should not matter, we are all human
Before August 18th, 1920, only men could vote in the United States. One person that helped to right this wrong was Carrie Chapman Catt. In Carrie Chapman Catt’s address to Congress on women’s suffrage, she uses logos, pathos, and other rhetorical devices to convince Congress to give women more rights. One tool that helps make this speech as effective as it is is logos. She demonstrates logos when introducing the second reason as to why women’s suffrage is inevitable. She quotes Elihu Roots by saying, “When Elihu Root, as president of the American Society of International Law, at the eleventh annual meeting in Washington, April 26, 1917, said, ‘The world cannot be half democratic and half autocratic. It must be all democratic or all Prussian.
Sojourner Truth a famous abolitionist and women’s right activists feared rights of women would be left out. Many African Americans felt that the women’s suffrage movement was concerned with the rights of only white women (Wood,59) and were sometimes discriminated against within the movement.. This is fictionally displayed in Iron Jawed Angels when a black suffragist expresses discontent with their parade being segregated by race. I feel that this is hypocritical as they are fighting for equal rights yet treating people of color as separate. Despite their concerns countless African American women still joined in on the cause and contributed to its
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” -Abraham Lincoln. As this quote says, our ancestors’ intention for this land was that all humans would be treated the same way; equal. But this world didn’t end up like they wanted. There is discrimination; women and different races aren’t treated equally. Activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan Sparrow, and Harriet Tubman, along with many others, take this problem to solve from different “sides.” Stanton working mainly for women rights, Sparrow working for equal payment, and Tubman working mainly for slavery abolishment. All of these activists wanted all men and
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun presents the rise of feminism in America in the 1960s. Beneatha Younger, Lena Younger (Mama) and Ruth Younger are the three primary characters displaying evidences of feminism in the play. Moreover, Hansberry creates male characters who demonstrate oppressive attitudes towards women yet enhance the feministic ideology in the play. A Raisin in the Sun is feminist because, with the feminist notions displayed in the play, women can fulfil their individual dreams that are not in sync with traditional conventions of that time.
There are many notable women in the world. The one that is most notable is Alice Paul. She was a woman who fought for women’s rights her entire life. She was a simple woman educated in sociology and law. Today her foundation continues the fight for girls and women around the globe.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton forever changed the social and political landscape of the United States of America by succeeding in her work to guarantee rights for women. Stanton as a young girl wanted to make her father proud and tried to live to the men’s ways (as Daniel Cady’s only son had died at the age of 20). She graduated from the Emma Willard 's Troy Female Seminary in 1832 and then was drawn to the abolitionist. Later on she married an reformer as she joined other women in the movement. Then she met Susan B. Anthony and the two had started to work together to change the world of women’s rights. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an important leader and left a legacy because she gave thoughtful/well-spoken speeches, made a very influential person
During this recent election racial discrimination became an immense problem. Sadly, our nation experienced the heartache of discrimination many times before today. Although Americans treated others with hatred and bigotry, some stood up for equality. Decades and decades ago, one such woman with this bravery was Abigail Adams. “Abigail Adams enforced to stop slavery because she believed that everyone is equal no matter what race, gender or ethnicity you are. So Abigail Adams took a stand to the situation and put a stop to it” (Colonial Women 1). Admiringly, her political background allowed her to be a voice for equal rights. “Abigail Adams positively impacted her husband’s presidency, and women’s rights”(Colonial women 1).
The National Council of Negro Women is a non- profit organization with the mission to advance opportunities and the quality of life for African- Americans women, their families and communities. Also the NCNW was the first black organization of organizations. Founded in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) was the first national coalition of African American women’s organizations. The most influential national women’s organization during the civil rights movement at the time, the NCNW represented 850,000 members, including Martin Luther King’s wife, Coretta Scott King. In 1957 King addressed the NCNW at their annual convention, telling the women, ‘‘I have long admired this organization, its great work, and
Before 1848, America was a nation where women couldn't vote, own property, manage their own money, or file a divorce—a drastic difference from today. That's what the nation was like before Elizabeth Cady Stanton advanced the fight for women’s rights through her voice and writings. Stanton's speeches helped women gain civil and voting rights in the past, and continues to do so today. Stanton took it upon herself to work relentlessly toward a better tomorrow for women across the United States. Through her words, she impacted women’s history for the better.
Like shown in the picture not everyone supported the NWSA’s beliefs. They did not win the right of to vote but gained a large support group and many other activists continued to fight for women’s rights.
Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672) has been a long-lasting leading figure in the American literature who embodied a myriad of identities; she was a Puritan, poet, feminist, woman, wife, and mother. Bradstreet’s poetry was a presence of an erudite voice that animadverted the patriarchal constraints on women in the seventeenth century. In a society where women were deprived of their voices, Bradstreet tried to search for their identities. When the new settlers came to America, they struggled considerably in defining their identities. However, the women’s struggles were twice than of these new settlers; because they wanted to ascertain their identities in a new environment, and in a masculine society. Thus, Bradstreet employed maneuvering, ironic, and sarcastic verses in her poems to assuage the troubles of women, and to emancipate them. One of these poems is The Prologue. In this poem, Bradstreet manifested her feminist voice and approach in an unprecedented intellectual way.
In the introduction and the first chapter of Introducing Feminist Theology, Anne Clifford explains multiple concepts regarding feminism, society and Christian theology. Throughout the chapter, Clifford discusses the coming about of feminism and how feminism lead to feminist liberation theology. Firstly, Clifford asserts that a patriarchal world is a white man’s world, oppressing women and people of color. Therefore, feminism came (in three waves) to liberate women from sexism and oppression. According to the author, patriarchy, with its dominance, creates a barrier between interdependence and equality. In addition, within patriarchy, there exists the concept of androcentrism, which states that the male perspective is dominant, and the female
First, we should define feminism. Basically, feminism is a philosophy that advocates equal rights for women and men. The more feminists seek to overthrow any sign of male dominance in our society, to the point where they disapprove the biblical roles of husbands and wives, defending abortion, and so on. Modern feminism is a forged solution to the real issue of the inequality of women. Feminism assumes to itself the right to demand respect and equality in every aspect of life. The modern, feminists call women to rise up and rebel against the order that God has given to mankind. Feminism seeks to force humanistic values in direct opposition to the Word of God.