While the two groups eventually merged and provided some success, gender equality and women’s rights remain a controversial issue in American society. In 1963, Friedan published The Feminine Mystique which exposed women’s unsatisfied lives as mothers and wives. Women who shared these
The speech was delivered as a political movement and it specifically addressed the women of that time period. The context of the text was to support women’s rights by encouraging women to better themselves as wives by valuing intelligence and culture over beauty. The audience that this speech is targeted towards is women. She specifies women as the audience by tailoring her speech towards women and appealing to their emotions, situations, and circumstances. For example, she says, “I could not believe that God gad created so many homely women, and suffered all to lose their beauty in the very maturity of their powers, and yet made it our duty
1.2 Plath’s use of symbols & motifs to depict the theme of social conventions The idea of social convention, ‘the way in which something is usually done in mass similarity’, is one of the most prominent ways in which Plath depicts female entrapment within her novel. The entire novel revolves around a woman 's battle with herself and the life she wishes for herself. The social convention aspect is all in all a synonym for what society expects of us. What society expects of an individual. In The Bell Jar social conventions like women settling down and giving birth to children are what really shows where a woman 's place is within the community.
A male centred society and the patriarchy were once again being accepted as the norm and perpetuated. Women’s opportunities were severely limited, and her narrative was prescribed to her. Gloria Steinem was born the granddaughter of a committee member of the National Woman Suffrage Association, so activism and women’s rights had been tackled in her family far before she was born. Steinem’s parents split up early on in her life, resulting in her mother’s financial instability. Steinem later accredited her mother’s inability to keep a job to the hostile attitudes towards women in the workspace.
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.
For women who did not grow up with Fuller’s advantages, it was a very daunting task. Fuller encouraged women to go against the grain and educate themselves. She told women to disregard society and learn to be an independent person. In these aspects she shows a few of Emerson’s main ideas. Fuller is different in her thought process though, because she is mainly talking to women in her essay.
She once said, “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant to be your own person, be independent.” Her mother instilled the importance of education and feminism into her brain. Ginsburg also said, “The law was something most unusual for those times because for most girls growing up in the ‘40s, the most important degree was not your B.A. but your M.R.S.” Her mother made sure that despite what society thought, if Ruth was independent and pushed herself, she could truly become anything she wanted. Sadly, her mother passed away a day before Ginsburg graduated from James Madison High School and she was never able to see all of the life changing events that her
The role of women in society for both NOW and Schlafly was defined by the each thought women’s main goal in life was. NOW believed this to be able to ‘develop to their fullest human potential.’ This meant no choosing between motherhood and a potential profession. This also meant that women should not be limited by the expectation that a women must retire to raise their children. They argued for the institution of child-care centers and programs that would help women who chose to temporarily leave the workforce re-enter with something other than an entry level position. Schlafly argued that women’s goal was ‘to love and be loved’ or to have a family and children.
They fought for these rights in only way they could, by writing. In order to show the manner in which Dickinson’s and Plath's poems portray gender relations and, more specifically, how they granted women a strong voice, I will analyze several poems and a novel. Historical background of that time will allow us an insight of the important processes in which many women were engaged. These processes refer to the First and Second Wave of Feminism. Although Dickinson and Plath were not active members of these movements, they are considered to be one of the cornerstones of modern and more equal world.
In her autobiography, I Came a Stranger Hilda Polacheck reveals the conflicting role of women in the late 19th / early 20th century as workers, caregivers, and social activists in a conflicting age of progress, hardship and missed expectations. Coming from a very traditional Jewish family in Poland it seems that Polacheck was destined to be a full time mother and wife never having immersed herself in the American society where women were becoming more and more relevant. The death of her father changes all of this forcing herself, her mother, and her siblings to fight for survival. This fight is not only what transformed Hilda Polacheck into the woman we remember her as today, but into an American . At age thirteen and even much later after her husband’s death forced Polacheck to go to work to keep her family fed and clothed.
Originally, she wanted to become a nurse but knew her mother could not afford it. During the interview Tracy said, “I was a hothead during high school and I knew that the army could teach me the discipline that I needed.” Before entering the Military, she obtained a masters in Healthcare Education and minor in Adolescent Counseling/ Phycology. In July of 2012 she started her third and final deployment in Afghanistan Kuwait. Her role of Accountability and Strength Management simply meant that she accounted for all soldiers and units in the field. She stated that the only stressful aspect of her job occurred when soldiers went missing, one aspect of her duties including enforcing the rule of no soldier went home until their “buddy” was found.