Just as there are many feminist views of rights towards women, a few critics have surfaced. Theirs has not been an acceptance story since as Heyward (66) says it is dangerous to dare to criticize any aspect of feminism. A critic of the feminist agenda will always be viewed as an enemy of the fight for equal treatment of both women and men. Ruether (15) explored the struggle for equal rights for women with a special interest in women like Teresa Okure in Nigeria and Teresa Hinga in Kenya. These two women have coined for themselves important titles in the battle to register the philosophy of inclusion of women in everyday life.
The main reason many people support the ERA is because they want equal pay for everyone. However, in “ERA – Do You Know WHAT It Means?”, it explicitly states that the ERA will not give women "equal pay for equal work", and can add nothing to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and a multitude of federal and state laws and executive orders in regard to employment. If one of the major reasons for the amendment in the first place won’t even be fulfilled, along with equal rights, there is no real reason to pass it. Not only do women not get equal pay, but they also don’t get equal educational opportunities. Also stated in the article previously stated, the ERA will not improve present educational opportunities for women which have already been mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and H.E.W.
The feminism term should be broadened Since the beginning of feminism, the mainstream feminists’ associations, have mostly focused on the problems that white middle class women face. As a consequence, numerous feminists´ have ignored and overlooked the experiences of oppression that other minority women encounter. Therefore, I am of the opinion that it is essential that the feminist concept is not solely used to enlighten the inequality between genders, withal also racism, islamophobia, homophobia and further. I would argue that feminism is useless without intersectionality and inclusion. First of all, I will explain why I believe it is a necessity to consider intersectionality within feminism.
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.
Comparing Boys and Girls and Emma Watson’s speech for her HeForShe campaign Gender is not referred “to sex, but to this set of prescribed behavior,” as said by Marlene Goldman’s “Penning in the Bodies” (Goldman). There are many rules set upon an individual as to what is acceptable and what is not. The short story Boys and Girls by Alice Munro focuses on the implications the narrator had to endure on her journey to womanhood by reason of gender stereotypes. Emma Watson’s speech for the HeForShe campaign targets on abolishing gender inequality. Despite inequity, there is a myriad of comparable traits that are shared by humans which portrays our personality.
Where they differ, they are not comparable. A perfect woman and a perfect man ought not to resemble each other in mind any more than in looks, and perfection is not susceptible of more or less. In the union of the sexes each contributes equally to the common aim, but not in the same way. From this diversity arises the first assignable difference in the moral relations of the two sexes.” Rousseau states that women should be "passive and weak", "put up little resistance" and are "made specially to please man". Wollstonecraft wonders how someone as Rousseau “lowers his sentiments when describing women and interprets his words as the rationalization that women are in fact, considered either moral beings, or extremely weak that they must be entirely subject to “the supreme faculties of men.
. Women are currently at a disadvantaged with respect to rights, compared with men such as respect and such conditions According to dictionary.com Feminism can be defined as a doctrine or movement that advocates equal rights for women. Feminism is both an intellectual commitment and a political movement that seeks justice for women and targets the end of sexism in all forms. However, there are many different kinds of feminism such as radical feminism, socialist feminism, cultural feminism, and liberal feminism. In today society Feminists ought to disagree about what sexism consists in, and what exactly to be done about it.
According to Alanna Vagianos (2014), blogger for The Huffington Post, Gloria Steinem stated, “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” Rather than just focusing only on female empowerment, Steinem also sought out humanitarianism, the engagement of promoting human welfare and happiness of all people. Radical feminists should realize that the goal of feminism isn’t to completely and utterly obliterate the existence of men; it’s to obtain an equal position in society as
She even adopted a masculine pen name so that her readers would not dismiss her views just because she was a woman. On the issue of the intellectual capabilities of women her views would have most in agreement with those of Beecher. As she fairly indicated in her landmark essay “the equality of the sexes” than men were in no way were superior to women and had no superior right to be able to subordinate the latter sex. Beecher too respected the rights of women as has been indicted in her story, “the yankee girl” when she rejects the offer of the rich aristocrat. The protagonist, Mary, made a conscious choice to reject the marriage proposal because she wanted to give her heart to someone who would rather appreciate her emotions rather makes her a mere ornamental appendage to their list of achievements and bears them as a
Women were barred from certain jobs, and routinely (and legally) paid less for their labor” (171). This was life for women in the 1920’s compared to life for women today. What an excellent achievement to be proud of, women now doing unbelievable things, back then no one could or would have ever imagined the dreams women have accomplished today. At hand, there is still inequality between men and women. According to Wheeler, William, and Becker, Susan “In 1921, the NWP began to campaign for an equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which would abolish all forms of gender inequality in the United States.
However, she does not discuss white male supremacy.” But rather discuss feminism, states that “any women who is willing to work hard, they can climb the cooperate ladder all the way to the top. Knowingly aware of the fact that not every woman wants to rise to the top.” (669) Although she is not judging women who make different choices. However, she is making judgements about the nature of women and work. “Sandberg’s definition of feminism begins and ends with the notion that it’s all about gender equality within the existing social system.” (662) Feminist movement have not focused meaningful attention on the issue of women and wealth. Rightly, the movement highlighted the need for gender equity in the work force.
This is one of the resolutions I most agree with because women should be able to vote. Gender shouldn’t be an implication to deny someone’s power to vote. Another resolution I agree with is the one which states,”All laws which prevent women from occupying such a station in society as her conscience shall dictate, or which place her in a position to that inferior of men, are contrary to the great precept of nature.” What this means is that any laws that stop women from reaching their full potential or make them more inferior than men are against principle. Without a doubt this is what women are and should be entitled to. As we see today women are more than capable to run companies, countries, and anything else they perceive.
2). Women should not have to wait for approval from men. If women want equal rights they should receive them without having to wait on men to come to their senses. I do not understand why men have to “let” women receive what they are entitled to. Also, I did not agree when she said, “you need not be afraid to give us our rights for fear we will take too much – for we won’t take more than our pint will hold” (p. 2).
There have been many improvements in women 's wages but men are more likely to get raises or have a larger salary because of their sex. As well as it is more common for a man to get a higher position in a private sector then a woman. “I assume people know that discrimination is alive and well in our culture, but clearly that’s not the case. It’s not like I’m making these facts up or that this research is biased; the hard truth is that gender equality has not been achieved in our society” (Sinn 7). People claim that discrimination in our country no longer exist between race and gender.