Throughout American history, women have requested and demanded to achieve recognition for having the same legitimacy as men. Naturally born rights, such as access to equal education, and the right to speak out in public were denied to females. Perhaps, the most powerful right they were denied was the right to vote. Though women were considered inferior and given limited roles in society, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Carry Nation played a crucial role in the movement for women’s rights. Women did not achieve this right immediately, but that did not stop them from fighting.
After skimming through Volume 1 of The Norton Anthology Literature by Women, I noticed the reoccurring themes of patriarchy, women subordination, and the strength to be creative despite oppression. During the times that these literary pieces were written, women were constantly battling the patriarchy in order to get basic rights. During the earlier time periods, intelligence was seen as a sign of an evil spirit in a woman, resulting in miniscule amounts of literary works written by women. Women were not provided with equal spaces to creatively express themselves, as mentioned by Virginia Woolf. Moreover, they were not given the same publishing opportunities, many women either went anonymous or by a fake male name to have their works published.
Gender roles are constructed by society and attributed to women or men. In the book of vindication of the right of a woman, Wollstonecraft brings out clearly the roles of a woman in her society and how it has led to oppression of women (Wollstonecraft 22). Wollstonecraft believes that men and women are equal given the same environment and empowerment, women can do anything a man can do. In her society, education for women is only aimed at making her look pleasing to men. Women are treated as inferior being and used by men as sex objects.
De la Barre says that women shouldn 't be judged by their bodies, since one 's brain can be solid even in a frail body. However, then he goes too far, saying that frail bodies are either the reason for or result from solid brains; we can and ought to judge individuals ' insight on their physical quality, the relationship is just backwards. I always believe in men and women equality. So I think all women merit the privilege to seek after information and obtain positions and obligations that are exceptionally respected in
The author, Sarah B. Pomeroy, writes this book in a style that resembles a textbook with many examples. She structures it in a timeline chronologically telling the events and breaking up the subject matter. The book lacked personality, although she had strong opinions that came through when writing the book, the style of writing lacked personality and was hard to read at times. The subject matter I found very interesting, considering it correlated with my class currently. At times, while I read this book, I found myself angry with men because of their brutal and thoughtfulness of women.
Tobin suggests that, “She argued that the meaning of any individual word or statement is not absolute but rather is determined by the context in which it was spoken” (9). Hutchinson’s word was being turned against her because how the leaders were interpreting it. She then proceeded to question, disrupt, mock, and sarcastically reply to the leaders (Tobin 13). Hutchinson was frustrated that her word was not being accounted for because she was a female voice, so she started to make a statement with her words. “There’s a gap between a speaker 's meaning and a listener’s understanding; and that words only gain meaning through the mutual agreement of the speaker and the listener…” (Tobin 14).
In today’s world, it seems to be that women have the same rights as men, but it wasn't always this way. The speech “Women’s Rights to Suffrage” by Susan B Anthony is the most compelling of all. Susan B Anthony persuades the audience that all women should have the same rights as men. It’s shown through the speech that the federal constitution says “we the people”, the government has no right to take away rights from just one gender, and that women are considered people as well. The fact that the constitution says “we the people” is a primary point in this speech.
One thing Stanton emphasized in her declaration, was “that woman is man’s equal- was intended to be so by the Creator, and the highest good of the race demands that she should be recognized as such,” (Stanton 275). She believed women and men were equal under the eye of God and they should be treated so. Although women are
One rhetorical device that she uses is asyndeton, which is the absence of a conjunction between parts of a sentence. This is used when Anthony states, “Being persons, then, women are citizens; and on state has the right to make any law, or enforce any old law, that shall abridge their privileges or immunities.” This element of literature helps prove her point that everyone is equal and should be treated as such. Anthony also uses anaphora, which is the repetition of a word at the beginning of the phrase, when she claims, “a hateful oligarchy of sex”, “an oligarchy of wealth”, and “an oligarchy of learning” which would shock fear into the listener. Anthony then again uses another rhetorical device called hypophora, which is where the speaker raises a question and then answers it immediately after. An example of this would be when Anthony questioned, “Are women persons?” to which she answered immediately after to say that women are, although they are not treated as such.
Stanton also uses ethos buy saying women are at fault for allowing men to control society and government. She says, that women need to be independent to be equal and with that “men need to let women be equal”. Anthony uses logos in her speech. She uses the constitution to back up her opinion. She cites the preamble and refers to the words of Webster, Worcester, and Bouvier to help prove to people that women are humans and therefore should be able to