Sierra Leone’s civil war, which lasted from 1991-2002, both intensified and brought to light the many challenges that women face. Throughout the war, women endured both physical and mental abuse and were often treated as subordinate to men. Since the end of Sierra Leone’s civil war, there have been many efforts to improve women’s rights. Although progress has been made in areas such as education, economic equality, and healthcare, there is still a disparity in gender equality.
The loss of mother is touchy, also the sadness and grief shows gloom. The poem is reflective as it contains generalizations about life of an orphan black girl, her suffering, and hardness faced by her during her puberty. Smith believes that a girl has equal desire and ambitions as men. But she is deprived of laughter, opportunity, talk, questioning, and absolute happiness. Smith wants the girl should get chance to speak openly and puts her view in social and political matters.
Throughout history, women have had to fight against stigma and stereotypes in society. In every era, from the ancient world to present day, females have been persecuted and taken advantage of due to their gender. In our previous set of readings, the female protagonists were strong characters who defied weak stereotypes, but were still viewed as lesser beings than men. In our second group of readings, where were written more recently, women saw a slight increase in their sovereignty. All depict women as powerful figures who use their wits to make a better life for themselves.
In Piercy's poem “Barbie Doll” she writes of how growing up is hard enough without superficial insinuation. Piercy's poem explores a story many can relate, how puberty and other harsh elements of the world can weaken a young girl's mind and spirit.
In “The Color Purple”, Alice Walker tells of the lives of African American women and their struggles with confidence and keeping their heads up through the shocking injustices forced upon them. In this book there are many examples of dynamic characters. A dynamic character is a literary or dramatic character who undergoes an important inner change as a change in personality or attitude. Celie, Albert, and Sofia are three examples of characters that experience these transitions. Celie’s life has been one heartbreak after another but she overcomes her low self-esteem despite it, Albert, Celie’s husband, was close to the worst person I’d ever seen but after Celie leaves him his character changes dramatically, and Sofia, initially fierce and strong, loses herself after being her outspoken and courageous self took away her whole world but she soon finds her way back.
The movie, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, is a documentary about the history of the feminist movement throughout the end of the 1960s and 1970s. The film presents the standards of the time and how each group of feminists responded to the sexism they faced because of these standards. The film interviews the leading feminists of the time. It discusses the issues the women faced, like abortion rights, equal pay, and misogyny, when they were fighting for equality for women.
Growing up with her widowed mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother during the civil war, it is no surprise that Kate Chopin chose to write about prejudice against women and African Americans. This is greatly evident in “Desiree’s Baby,” the story of Desiree, a woman who suffers greatly partly because of her gender. Chopin is very purposeful in her writing, relying on literary structures in her story of prejudice. She exposes prejudice though character relationships, imagery, character’s confusion, the characters readers sympathize with, and even character names.
In Girl Rising (2013), reveals how gender discrimination negatively affects the future of many women and continues to be prominent in society through forced marriages, extreme poverty, and/or labor obstacle. Girl Rising (2013) reveals heartrending stories of nine girls from different countries to show how these girls overcome great obstacles to obtain an education and change their fate. Each of these girls was paired with a writer from their own country to help tell Soka story. Young girls that were faced extreme poverty, forced marriage, and forced labor (Robbin, 2013). Each story is written by a writer from the girl’s native country and is narrated by renowned actresses such as Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, and Meryl Streep
Kingsolver uses media in the book to show how women are over sexualized. Kingsolver shows women treated and seen as objects that are used for others’ gain, not as individuals with their own thoughts. There are also examples where the women are mentally and physically abused, and the consequences of these problems. The Bean Trees is a novel that questions the treatment of women and girls in not only the time it was written, but even in today’s society where many of these issues are still present. Kingsolver wrote her novel to spread awareness to the discrimination and injustice through a cohesive narrative and her characters’ development to connect to her
This novel is also autobiographical. Throughout history, women have been locked in a struggle to free themselves from the borderline that separates and differentiate themselves from men. In many circles, it is agreed that the battleground for this struggle and fight exists in literature. In a
Life can be a rollacoster ride. In the film “Bird by Bird: A Portrait of a Writer” by Anne Lamott, an American writer and a political activist. She depicts many struggler and hardships of life, focusing her to use her outstanding writer abilities to write about some negatives and positives things that occurred in her life time. In the film, Anne Lamott has a lot of struggles that she had to overcome …… The three things that sticks out to me and that I can reflect on is the abortion, LGBT, and the financial struggles.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, born in 1860 in the United States, was an influential intellectual and feminist who fought intensively against women 's inequality in north- american society. In many of her novels, shorts stories, poems, and nonfiction work, Charlotte Perkins portrayed the oppression suffered by women, and talked about the social changes she thought were necessary to achieve gender equality. Her most famous work the novel “The Yellow Wallpaper”, considered a classic in feminist literature. It is the story of an emotionally fragile woman who is taken by her own husband to therapeutic retreat in which the wall is clothed in a dark and scary yellow wallpaper.
Were women important to United States history? Let’s be honest, majority of the time women get maybe a few pages in textbooks and are rarely covered in most history classes. The Progressive Era is where this changes; where women are finally brought into the limelight. The role of women within the Progressive Era and the establishment of the welfare system were both audacious and necessary because the welfare system could not have happened without women’s willingness to fight for the society as a whole, not just themselves.