However, his female colleague Margret Fuller thinks otherwise in her work Women In the Nineteenth Century. As a women’s rights activist, she questions the universality of Emerson’s self-reliance by pointing out the gender bias in his languages and states that women are also capable of self-reliance. In addition, she also explores the possibility of self-reliance in political and social realm—more specifically, the possibility of self-reliance in the institution of marriage. However, she still
Thus, women should be afforded the same formal education that is provided to males. Wollstonecraft’s challenged Rosseau that the inequality between men and women were unjust and benefited only men. As a result, men obviously had the authoritative power which did not allow married women property rights or involvement in government. Wollstonecraft’s argument against Rosseau was based on his writing in which he refers to sovereignty as a “legitimate agreement between a body of its members based on social contract that is equitable.” Wollstonecraft disagreed that men and women do not share the same values and virtues, Wollstonecraft advocated that the education of a woman should lead to liberty, self-reliance and political rights. These challenges brought upon the radical movement and the rights of women for formal education equality.
These standards take every ounce of power from the women and hand it to the men, preventing women from overcoming these standards. For example, Angela Vicario, the youngest daughter in her family, suffers through the judgement of society and the set standards of marriage and virginity. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez, the author illustrates how men force women into submissive roles in society in order to emphasize how it causes women to feel powerless and lessens their ability to attain equality with men. One illustration, proved by Bayardo San Román, demonstrates how men have the power to force women into submissive roles, especially through marriage. When he first comes to town with silver saddlebags matching his belt, he amazes everyone through his power and wealth.
She provides details and logic that back up her statements. She gives relatable examples and alarming possible outcomes. One of Wollstonecraft’s point is that, women are dependent on men because of the way society views marriage. Women from before based their survival on the approval on men, instead of furthering on their educational needs (Poonacha 427). Wollstonecraft, in order to convince her readers for change, gather up what women lack and blames it all back to their lack of education, thus proving her point more.
In the Victorian era, women were forced to marry, as they needed the security of a man. However, Austen uses logos to question the real inequality in the Victorian era’s ideology, that a woman is incomplete without a man. This allows the reader to analyse the state of society from a different perspective. Austen also starts her sentence with an assertive tone further supported with her firm word choices, through using the words, ‘…truth universally acknowledged’. These words are important in her building ethos allowing her to deliver her controversial message.
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.
She states within From a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, that woman being uneducated is a weakness. Wollstonecraft compares women to military men who are not prepared. Wollstonecraft believed that women along with men should all have a mind of their own. Wollstonecraft states in, From a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, “Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience; but, as blind obedience is ever sought for by power, tyrants and sensualists are in the right when they endeavor to keep women in dark, because former only want slaves, and the latter a plaything.” Wollstonecraft truly does not blame men for the action of women, but blames women for allowing men to have control over them. She believes that women should allow men to treat them the way in which they were treated during the time
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
And this misfortune adds still more troubles to the grief we have.” (Euripides, 231-35). Medea explicitly states her grievance for all the women in marriage and the sexist idea that the life of a women depends solely on a man. Medea is challenging that notion being a woman of no man anymore. In her being the protagonist in the story also challenges traditional view of a woman. If women where defined only by their relations with man than how could a woman be anything else but a wife, a mother or a harlot: but Medea is not any of those things.
Sarah Grimke was an advocate for the abolition of slavery. She then began to defend women rights in order to further advance her main purpose of abolition. In her letters she argues against Catharine Beecher’s about the role of women and how they are subordinate to men. Her main arguments were against that women were not subordinate to men by gods rule. she says that god made them equal but then men created classes where they were higher ranked than women.