Sexism In History

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Throughout history, sexism has went from being one of the most undiscussed topic to being one of the most diverse, controversial topics in the United States. Sexism can be described as “Unfair treatment of people because of their sex; especially; unfair treatment to women.” (Merriam- Webster) This paper will explain why sexism exists, specific cases in which sexism can be seen, sexism in the government, and offer a solution to help end this problem. Through the majority of the United States background, sexism was rarely spoken of. In general, people were not offended by the rights that they weren 't allowed, which in turn, never made it an issue. However, in the early 19th century, sexism activist started to take action. (Greene) “… religious …show more content…

Women and activist for women’s rights directly helped multiple other issues that were prevalent at the time. Many people don 't realize that the laws that were put in place to prevent sexism, eventually helped to abolish alcohol, prevent sexual violence, adultery, and prostitution. They were also directly involved in the organization that helped to abolish slavery. (Greene) As a result, crime rates dropped significantly nationwide and people began to see the effects that women’s rights had on America. Over time, laws were created that allowed or made loop holes to allow these things to happen again. As they were allowed, crime rates began to increase again and the nation started to rapidly …show more content…

Merely teaching our children that every human being is equal in their own right and has the exact same opportunities instead of showing them that it is okay to treat people with disrespect based on their gender. Another way to help could be to stop treating people like they are inferior due to their gender; however, the chance that people will willingly do this is very slim. The greatest chance we have to minimize sexism is by making a law or amendment that includes equal rights for women and men regardless of the situation. Greene, Busse, and Haynes , authors of “Sexism” agree stating that “Having this amendment would protect women from discrimination and prejudice because of their gender.” (Greene) Creating a law that protects all of women rights and does not avoid little specific details would not prevent discrimination; however, citizens against women’s rights would be forced to respect the law and treat women as equals as opposed to second-class. This may promote people to have an open mind, eventually leading to little discrimination against women. Nevertheless, this will take time and effort to completely resolve this

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