Miriam Holden, a devout National Women’s Party (NWP) member and avid ERA supporter represented the faction of feminists who believed it was important to remain in good graces with segregationist in congress in order to secure the success of the ERA. Feminists such as Holden held fast to the single-minded belief that formal equality was only possible by the passage and ratification of the ERA. ERA advocates who formed alliances with civil rights villains, usually in the form of southern democrats, threated the possible success of an organized feminist legal strategy. In 1963, Holden wrote a letter to another party member, sharing her dissatisfaction with the race-sex analogy that legal feminists, such as Pauli Murray, were drawing inspiration from (Holden, “Letter from Holden to Pollitzer”). Holden feared that Murray’s litigation strategy was too closely tied to the “negro problem” and if
Woman versus Women”, Cole argues that Fuller went beyond both feminists by going beyond the political and social aspects of the movement to add new elements concerning the potential of humanity’s divine nature (Cole). Comparisons of Fuller to Wollstonecraft made due to similar views shared by both that women haven't been given the opportunity to succeed/ 'take their rightful place' without being met with restraint and opposition (Duran). Like Wollstonecraft, Sarah Grimke’s work appears in her writing but isn’t explicitly mentioned even though Fuller’s Great Lawsuit depends on Grimke’s “Letters on the Equality of the Sexes” (Cole). Though both sisters were controversial for their public speaking role, Fuller went beyond that in Woman to include the voices of women past and present who she saw as role models for being in harmony with the natural law to support her argument (Cole). Fuller’s belief in transcendental quality (divine nature of humanity) made it possible for her to extend her argument to include equality going beyond society in a utopian society where humanity lives in accordance with the divine law
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. Text two explicitly states her saying “I forged the thunderbolts; she fired them.” This provides information on how Stanton and Anthony were effective in spreading their ideologies. Text one states that Stanton and four other women were sitting around a table trying to figure out what to do. This piece of evidence implies that they weren’t prepared for the convention at Seneca Falls and doesn’t represent her great abilities. “A Powerful
Throughout her speech Truth uses the repetition of the words, “And ain’t I a woman?” One specific example is when she tells that no men ever helps her into carriages but she is a women. The use of this anaphora is so that Truth can rebuttal any opposing arguments for gender equality. Truth uses this phrase to find a counter argument to what men believe women have acquired to but for Truth and many African Americans it’s not true that they are given the best. This example of anaphora gives the reader/audience a feeling that women are deserving of equality and it broadens their acknowledgment to fight for women’s rights. The use of anaphora was effectively used in this piece to strengthen Truth’s main point of unfair circumstances due to gender inequality.
Halie Boyd The Yellow Wallpaper Theme Essay The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman focuses mainly on womens rights. In the early 1900 's women could not think for themselves, were controlled constantly by men and had no right to thrive for an education. Women in the late 1800 's and early 1900 's had no choice to fend or think for themselves. "Person)ally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and changed, would do me good" (Gilman 648). This excerpt from the The Yellow Wallpaper is highly significant to womens rights because the main character, Jane, knows what could possibly be best for herself, but her husband and brother who physicians suggest bed rest and lots of air, often know as the "Rest Cure".
Stanton delivered the speech Solitude of Self it is maybe one of the most influential pieces of literature of in the fights for women’s rights she first makes her point of women still have natural right even though they are not me. “The point I wish plainly to bring before you on this occasion is the individuality of each human soul; our protestant idea, the right of individual conscience and judgement.”-”Solitude of Self, 1”. She is saying that not just women but each individual soul has their own right to make there own decisions in their own conscious minds without being controlled by another soul. Stanton then made a big point about a women being an important part of society “if we consider her as a citizen, as a member of a great nation, she must have the same rights all other members, according to the fundamental principles of our government.”-Solitude of self, 1”. She uses the constitution that men created by saying that if a women is a citizen and member of the great country of america then then she must have the same rights as the men that created
Throughout history women’s experiences have been denied as a result of silencing and belittling language.. In her essay “Why is Language a Feminist Issue?”, Deborah Cameron asserts that language “encodes a culture’s preoccupations and its values” and “on the whole, feminists have concluded that our languages are sexist” (Cameron, 9). One of the possible solutions to this is to create a new language based on a universally shared women’s experience, an example of essentialism which is defined by Cameron as the concept “that there is some crucial characteristic that all women have in common” (Cameron, 16). In the novel Native Tongue by Suzette Elgin, the Linguist women accomplish this by creating the language Láadan. Elgin wanted to introduce
When the text is taken into perspective, this is a very feminist piece because of the struggle that the wife goes through to find out who she is. What the story depicted is the struggle for women to break from their traditional gender norms and from the dominance that is asserted over them and representation of this is when the wife says “I’ve got out at last, said I, in spite of you and Jane… you can’t put me back” (Gilman 126). What is interpreted from this text is that the wife has been trying to break free from all the dominance that has been asserted over her and now she finally has and she will not go back and be
Alejandra Metcalf Mrs. Cottom ENGL1010 03 November, 2017 The Haunting Feminist Theory By dictionary definition, feminism is the advocacy of women 's rights based on the equality of the sexes. Throughout the years, society has had three ¨phases¨ of feminism, and the definition of feminism has changed through those phases. Currently, feminism is a debateable word on whether the term is good or bad. Despite the controversy and debate over feminism, the theory of feminism in literature cannot be ignored, even by the most misogynistic of people. Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's ¨The Yellow Wallpaper¨, Roddy Dowell´s ¨The Pram¨, and Kate Chopin 's ¨The Story of an Hour,¨ can all be viewed with the application of the feminist theory.
Fight for Women’s Rights Book Review of Katha Pollitt’s book PRO: reclaiming abortion rights. Katha Pollitt does not hesitate in voicing her sarcasm, critique opinions, and resourceful facts in the book PRO: RECLAIMING ABORTION RIGHTS; With A New Twist. Pollitt identifies with reshaping abortion views into a normal reproductive life with women and centralizing women in the reproductive decision process. The book is designed into talking to the “muddled middle”, who is a group of people who do not have a significant stance on the issue and informing them with facts on both sides of the abortion debate followed with primary and secondary sources for evidence. Because Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and a journalist for The Nation, the reader can witness Pollitt’s passion dripping from the pages through each chapter, having her side comments and questions to keep the reader always intrigue, and having the secondary sources of