They wondered if she’d ever get married; Jane never worried about marriage or having children, for she wanted more out of life. (“Jane Addams.” Women). I believe this determination to become educated spiked Addams’ presence in the women's rights movement. She knew there was more to life than marriage and children. She knew there was a cause worth fighting for, now she just had to
It was inconceivable for women to attend public school during the seventeenth century if at all possible girls were allowed to attend dame schools. Cott criticizes this form of discrimination against girls since this misogynistic policy of public schools widened the inequality between males and females. However, girls were allowed to receive lessons from young and unmarried women who were allowed to teach at girls' school but not to engage in literary pursuits but to become pleasing wives and mothers. It rather seems like retrogression considering
However, just because men are physically superior does not mean that also translates to mental superiority. If anything, it shows that women were given the capacity of an intelligent mind to compensate this shortcoming. She again stresses that it is the equality of education that is being sought after. The essay by Murray is important because it demonstrates just one of the many thoughts that were increasingly being expressed by women of the time. The essay was written at a time where the prevailing idea of male superiority in society was still so ingrained, attempts at changing the status quo were impractical.
Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was written during the period of French Revolution in late 1970s. Here she argues about the importance of women in the society by analyzing the inauthentic aspect of the women, which makes them mysterious, graceful, weak, and childlike. For Wollstonecraft, reason is essential for development of virtuous nature, and comes from the education. As a result being deprived of education and constantly being shaped by the culture, women lack rationality. Society always looks at women with a special eye, which is not the case for men.
Overall, it is a well written essay, she uses a lot of strong words and emotion to show how it affected her. She shared her own experience which made her very credible and likeable because she wasn't making any of this up. Even though she could have used a lot of facts on how many women are affected, what age group reports the most, where you most likely to be assaulted and more. There are many sources out there for her to use. The essay was easy to follow nothing was confusing, but there were some repeated words and other experiences.
Women are pilots and soldiers, and their sexuality does not restrict them to play their responsibilities as mother and wife. These women most of the time prove to be better mothers than house wives. Similarly, there are so many married actresses including ones with children who work in the film industry and are still considered to be sex symbol. Marriage or having babies only alters their reputation and image for the better. This hence proves the point that the writer is trying to make throughout the article that creating its own individuality is based on the will of the women and not on the
Abigail implored to her husband as he was drafting the Declaration of Independence to not forget women who were a part of the new world and deserved a voice. Abigail just like Mary was mostly self-educated and valued education. Although these are only a few women of the 18th century that were staunch supporters of women gaining a voice in politics and life in general, it was not until the Second Great Awakening and the Civil War that women were more vocal and on the front lines of political
26). Wollstonecraft burns that assumption that this desire is not innate because women should not have to be encouraged to complete a natural ability, like eating food or sleeping. She then continues her argument for an equal education system and how to form a lasting relationship with a significant other during her contemporary epoch by stating “The most holy band of society is friendship. It has been well said, by a shrewd satirist, ‘that rare as true love is, true friendship is still rarer,’” (Wollstonecraft, pg. 20).
The idea of republican motherhood and the cult of domesticity are two contrasting ideas of how women should be living their life around the times of the 1800s. The republican motherhood was a movement that women should be educated and are able to live individual lives without men providing for them. The cult of domesticity was a view that women should be stay-at-home wives, take care of the children, and provide comfort to the husband when he is home. The biggest difference of these two movements was the decision to educate women. Republican motherhood was all for the educating of women but the cult of domesticity wanted the opposite: no education for women.
The views of the society in the book reflect the ideas of conservatives who felt that maintaining traditional roles for women was more important than having equal rights. The character of Serena Joy in the Handmaid’s tail mirrors Phyllis Schlafly, who campaigned against the ERA, hypocritically arguing that women belonged at home taking care of household matters. The ideas of the ERA are contrasted by Atwood’s description of a society where women have are barely considered people, and the book warns of a future where women don’t have equal