In Indian society, woman occupies a vital position and honoured place. The Vedas glorified women as the mother, the creator, one who gives life and worshipped her as a ‘Devi' or Goddess. But their glorification was rather mythical for at the same time, in India women found herself totally suppressed and subjugated in a patriarchal society. Male violence against women are worldwide phenomenon. Fear of violence is an important factor in the lives of most women.
Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo today still struggle to gain positions of equality and power. They are prevented by laws that demonstrate a subordinate position of women in the society. Although, there has been progress towards women gaining more legal rights after the war, such as the right to own property, and the right to have a role in their government. Still, there are laws that restrict women and are demanding such as, a married woman must have her husband's permission to open a bank account and accept a job. Laws such as these that are still in effect today dramatically affect the lives of women.
As the British Suffragette leader, she was criticized worldwide due to her commitment to women’s rights. The WSPU was formed to stand up for women’s rights and their main focus was for women to obtain the right to vote. Women weren’t allowed to vote and they questioned this, but the answer they received many times was “Women don’t understand how parliament works so they couldn’t vote”. Millicent Fawcett, another prominent Suffragette, believed that if women had to obey the laws, they should have the ability to vote. The Suffragettes were extremely passionate in their beliefs
A historian by the name of Ed Ayers once said “The exploitative natures of women’s work throughout history has been enormous.” I believe that this statement is true because after looking at history it shows that there were so many things that they had to overcome to get to the rights that they have today. Women during the 1700’s and 1800’s were challenged with expressing themselves in a social system that refused to grant women the right to express their views. Many events during these centuries which included things such as social and political movements that increased attention to women's issues like education reform. By the end of the 1800’s women were finally able to speak out against the injustices aimed at them. Despite the fact that
Gender inequality is an issue that has plagued women for centuries. Even in modern times, women must continually battle for rights that they so naturally deserve. Through the years writers have come along and eloquently expressed, through literature, their thoughts and opinions on such social issues as gender inequality. These authors have shared stories and experiences through their works which have made it possible to help others to understand such societal problems. Zora Neal Hurston does this beautifully with her short story “Sweat”.
Gender role refers to those behaviors and attitudes that are considered to belong to one sex. Gender role is based on femininity and masculinity that differentiate women and men by giving men some roles and women which results to gender inequality. There some work in society that is regarded to belong to women such as cooking, taking care of children and other less important roles while men are given roles that makes them superior than women. Most of the gender roles associated with women makes them inferior and creates a room to be oppressed. Gender roles are constructed by society and attributed to women or men.
Similar to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, which ignited the environmental movement, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique sparked the second wave of feminism. American society limited women’s roles to housewife and feminine jobs such as teachers and secretaries. Friedan and her supporters focused on job equality and equal pay, but soon the movement progressed and split into two factions, women’s rights and women’s liberation. The liberation movement, composed mostly of young, radical women, advocated for much more than equal job opportunities and education which the women’s rights movement demanded. While the two groups eventually merged and provided some success, gender equality and women’s rights remain a controversial issue in American society.
Introduction In India, discriminatory attitude towards men and women have existed for generations and thus it affect the lives of both genders. Although the constitution of India has granted men and women equal rights, but gender gap still remains. Female discrimination violates human rights. These are mostly seen in family land sharing among sisters and brothers. Women are perceived to be disadvantaged at work.