Equality is something that is important to all women and always has been. Women began standing up and speaking out against inequality when they had little to no rights, and have continued to do so to get to where equality is today. This all started with the women’s rights movement that formed during the reform period. But, how effective was this movement? Well, it brought women together through views and opinions to configure the women’s rights movement.
Sherman’s Untitled #122 illustrates represents the struggle that a women faced during the 1960s. The stereotypical image of a traditional woman was questioned and a woman’s ability to become more than just a housewife was only being recognised. Soon after the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
The passage, “A Powerful Partnership”, is more successful in developing the contribution Elizabeth Cady Stanton made to the women’s rights movement in the 1800s than “The Birthplace of Women’s Rights”. Text two, “A Powerful Partnership”, applies figurative language to express Stanton’s skills as a devoter of women’s rights. Text two states that she had a way with a pen that caught people’s attention. This idiom communicates that her writing skills had a significant impact when conveying a message. Text one, “The Birthplace of Women’s Rights”, says Stanton argued the right to vote, but it doesn’t go on to say if this had an influence on people.
A dark woman’s Triumph “I didn’t finish the book”, said Maggie. “[…] I’m determined to read no more books where the blonde haired women carry away all the happiness. [..] If you could give me some story, now, where the dark woman triumphs, it would restore the balance – I want to avenge Rebecca and Flora Mac-Ivor, and Minna and all the rest of the dark unhappy ones” (Eliot 433). George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss delves into this centuries old literary tradition, demanding the reader to avenge Maggie Tulliver, the novel’s “dark and unhappy one” (Eliot 433), as well as Eliot herself. Eliot’s characterisation of the novel’s heroine, as dark and rebellious, unlike Charlotte Bronte’s reserved Jane Eyre, evidently becomes one of the leading factors in her tragic death.
A plea for the end of the discrimination of women--the Declaration of Sentiments—was signed in 1848. The Girl Scouts formed in 1912, and by 1920 women’s suffrage was redefined. For centuries women have been uniting to eliminate their gender’s subjectivity to prejudice; however, the battle against misogyny is even now unfinished. Incompleteness and sisterhood are two themes reiterated throughout Susan Glaspell’s short story, “A Jury of Her Peers.” Glaspell personifies and emphasizes said central ideas through the characterization of the protagonist, Martha Hale. The initial setting of the play immediately identifies Martha as a housewife who, as pertaining to the time period of the plot, satisfies the stereotype of women in the early part of the twentieth century.
After fifty-five years, we look back at the year 1963 that signaled the beginning of the feminist movement. The feminist movement lead to many changes in the society for women, such as reproductive rights, maternity leave, equal pay, women’s suffrage and a decrease in domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual harassment. All these changes have fallen under the label of feminism and the feminist movement. In response to this, author Simone de Beauvoir, who was a journalist and philosopher talks about the “Eternal Feminine” in her book, “The Second Sex.” “The Second Sex” is considered a pioneering work of the modern feminism movement because of how the author radically challenges political and existential theory. Yet, its most enduring impact is on how women understand themselves, their relationships, their place in society, and the construction of gender.
The fight for the rights of women has continued since then and still continues in modern feminist movements. Although it may seem like a constant battle to some, none of these activists would have been able to do this without Wollstonecraft and her writings in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Wollstonecraft created a base for the women’s rights movement, she framed the way women and men alike view feminism and she also changed how society views feminism. Women’s rights are human rights and Wollstonecraft made it her life’s work to get this message across. Wollstonecraft created a base for the women’s rights movement and got women thinking for themselves about what needed to change.
Stanton's speeches did not cause an immediate change in the views of men in America but it started a revolution and made a difference. “Declarations of Sentiments and Resolutions” is “arguably the most significant document to call for the advancement of women in nineteenth-century America” (Knight). Despite the fact that women didn’t retain the right to vote until 72 years later, Stanton's Declaration of Sentiments was the first to publicize the issues that would be on the forefront of women's struggle to gain equality (Knight). Along with Stanton's “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, “Solitude of Self” made an enormous impact on the fight for women's equality. “The speech was a success with both the House and the Senate committees.
The inequality of women has been a long-lasting issue that still persists today. Women have gained more rights over time in part due to significant efforts made by feminists, however, much progress still needs to be made. Mary Wollstonecraft, often cited as one of the founding feminist philosophers, has acted as a strong influence for the modern conception of feminism due to her advocacy and ideas on femininity. One of Wollstonecraft’s most prominent works in regards to feminism is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. In the piece, Wollstonecraft uses and critiques philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s work, namely Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, in order to build a case in defense of a woman’s inherent human rights in relation to factors such as education and socialization against Rousseau’s more antiquated views on what a woman’s purpose is to be.
Eventually winning the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to the fight for women's education, which only continue to push her to accomplish her goal and gain equal education for all. Malala effectively persuades the audience to believe in her fight for women's education in the MIddle East with the utilization of rhetorical strategies such as pathos,ethos and repetition. Throughout