It seems that in today’s society we take for granted that a woman can hold important seats in Congress or the Senate, be the head of a Fortune 500 company, or even President of the United States, but it wasn’t so long ago when it was almost unthinkable for a woman to achieve any of these accomplishments. And despite the vast progress women have seemingly made, a great more work remains before we can assert gender equality. Gender inequality happens on not only on an everyday basis - but in our literary world as well. Today’s modern society contends "on the archetypal level the journey to self-discovery is the same for both the male and female hero”(1), but story narratives that embody male and female experiences differ in important elements
Throughout the 16th century Reformation through the Enlightenment in the 18th century, was a period of time that saw both change and continuation in European society. One of the biggest examples of this was the role of women and how they should function in European society. Women in this era faced a large amount of hardships and obstacles from great leaders and philosophers such as Martin Luther and Immanuel Kant, who were both against the equality of women to men at this time. From the time period of the 16th century Reformation all the way up to the Enlightenment in the 18th century, the women of Europe were viewed as fragile and unworkable women whose main priority and purpose should only be being a housewife. As time progressed, women
Women also face unequal opportunity and treatment. In most world history, the man has been the leader and the woman, the follower. Men are more greatly respected and thought highly of. During the 18th century at the time of The Declaration of Independence the inferior attitude toward women was prevalent. Historian Mary Beth Norton wrote about treatment of women in this time period in the book, Liberty’s Daughters.
Ever wonder how hard women worked in order to obtain the same rights as men? Can you imagine being a female during the nineteenth century and marching to protest the right to vote? Throughout our history, the ability of women has been questioned. Many individuals view women as inferior to men and feel that women are incapable of fulfilling the roles that were originally designed for men. But, even now in the twenty-first century, women still face prejudice and are seen as simple objects.
. In conclusion, it is very much appropriate to argue that gender roles prevent women from achieving their full selves through the many societal standards that haunt them inwardly. Outwardly, men maintain the authority and tend to have less obstacles to overcome because they are already higher in power. White women are pushed to go along with the white men’s norms but if white women and women of different ages, class, and race came together the balance of power would be split causing society to be equal.
Gender inequality is not a new topic. Throughout history, women have faced significant sexist discrimination starting with being denied basic rights enjoyed by men. In many societies, women have been categorized as inferior to men. Greek poet, Homer, consistently highlighted this ‘women are inferior’ theme throughout his writings of The Iliad and The Odyssey. Even though this degradation of women has currently been brought to light in the 21st century, it continues to remain a serious issue.
Its fair to say through the years literature has shown common themes and ideologies that connect deeply with values and concepts learned from history. The influence of these themes and ideologies have been turned into theories that we use to analyze and connect to stories and novels that we read. When these theories are applied, multiple stories can be used and compared. There is common themes that will show up in a story that will be related to the theory and used to compare and contrast stories to the theories. Feminist theory is one of the theories that is largely looked at when analyzing the books “Of mice and men” and “The Great Gatsby.”
Do you think it is fair for a person to get paid less than someone else simply because of their gender? It is unjust and unfortunately it happens right here in our country. In the United States, women are oppressed every day by receiving a lower wage than men. This is known as the wage gap. They have been mistreated this way for a long enough time already.
For decade women have been discriminated by society, all around the world. In many countries women are still treated as the inferior sex. “daily life for women in the early 1800s in Europe(Britain), was that of many obligations and few choices. Some even compare the conditions of women in time as a form of slavery.” (Smith, Kelley. "
Equality has been a problem in many nations for centuries. Since the start of time, it has been believed that men are far more superior to women and that the rights of women should be limited. In many countries today, it is the social norm for women to have limited rights including the right to voice their opinions. All around the world women have had no say in who runs their country, or in decisions that affect them. The United States had this same problem until women stood up and fought for their right to vote.