Gender Discrimination In To Kill A Mockingbird

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According to the United Nations Foundation, 62 million girls around the world are refused education and mentorship programs, such as Step Up helps to maintain girls in school to get them closer to achieve their dreams. The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee focuses on the lives of Jem and Scout as Scout retales three years of her childhood in the span of 372 pages. The story is about growing up in Alabama during the 1930s after the Great Depression, where there happens to be large abundance of discrimination in the small fictional town of Maycomb County. Through the eyes of Scout, readers see how her father, Atticus, is very passionate and dedicated to his work of being an attorney and standing up to discrimination. Similarity to how Atticus advocated for…show more content…
As they were walking past Mrs. Dubose’s house, she accused them of making trouble and disapproved of Scout’s wardrobe by bellowing and saying“...‘And you—’ she pointed an arthritic finger at [her]—’what are you doing in those overalls? You should be in a dress and camisole, young lady!’ ” (Lee, 135). As far as the reader is aware of, Scout’s usual wardrobe consists of overalls and she is not a big fan of dresses, another indicator that she despises acting ladylike. Like Mrs. Dubose, Aunt Alexandra disapproves of Scout’s attire and is constantly telling her to change the way she is so she can act more like a girl and less than a boy. This is another situation from the book where someone is treated unequally from the others simply because of her gender and because of the way she decided to act. In attempts to convince Scout to dress more like a girl rather than a boy, she feeds her lies by telling her that dressing up in dresses would allow her “to be a ray of sunshine in [her] father’s lonely life” (Lee, page
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