Margaret Sanger Margaret Sanger lived a remarkable life devoted to reform by her slogan “Let every child be a wanted child” (Kasun, 2001). Margaret Sanger’s motivations, life preparations, and accomplishments prove her worth as a figure in the Progressive Era. Motivation Margaret Sanger’s motivations for altruistic efforts make her an important contributor in history. For example, her strong belief that women need information on contraceptives — after being “exposed to the ignorance about birth control” — pushed Sanger to work with everything she could possibly give (Mitgang, 1992). She was focused on the difference that she could make and the lives she could change; the chance of victory kept the fire burning.
On top of these accomplishments, she was also an established writer and nurse. Sanger also coined the term “birth control,” established what is now known as Planned Parenthood, and was extremely influential in creating a public dialogue about women’s reproductive rights. Sanger was an unconventional figure in activism because her goal was to obtain society’s support for contraception. Previously, not only was birth control illegal, it wasn't even spoken of, treated as a taboo topic by most people. To change this, she founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, and just two years later her Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau opened.
Women right activist groups today, however, are very politically alienated as compared to the 1960s. Feminists emphasized, and continue to emphasize, that gender roles are social constructions that amount to a system of oppression. Feminists argued for equality, both political and social, for women, as well as fundamental changes in their roles in the home. The questions raised about gender also paved the way for entirely new movements, such as the movement for gay rights. Some of the issues taking frontline in discussions for women rights in mainstream Western societies today include reproductive rights, pay equality, and equality of educational
Given the feminist perspective and challenges perceived in giving birth within a medical setting, many professionals are promoting the protection of women’s rights and women’s choices to give birth when, how and where she wants (Gosden: 2000). A great deal of women are forgoing the medical model of childbirth for other alternatives, such as midwives or doulas. There are various factors as to why women choose alternative or natural childbirth methods, for example, previous traumatic experiences from the medical model, or the belief that their own knowledge is just as good, if not better than medical professionals (Walsh: 2010). Professionals believe women who actively choose midwives or alternative caregivers for childbirth, are opposing medicalization
Feminist Theorist Diana E.H. Russell Feminism is not simply a struggle to overcome inequality in social norms and in receiving opportunity between a man and woman but to ensure that the marginalized sections of society especially women are at par with their male counterparts. Feminism comes from a personal space. Sometimes it is sparked from experiencing an injustice, witnessing a debate, or, like me, reading the writing of a very strong woman who isn’t afraid to speak out. Diana E.H. Russell has dedicated her life to stopping violence against women and has been inspiring to me as a multifaceted feminist-theorist, prolific writer and activist. Feminism and the women’s movement, which is now said to be in its third wave and dealing with broad
As she elaborates on her idea of how women should be displayed she refers to a book called The Body Project, an intimate history of girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg to gain credibility and build up her argument, that way the audience will realize that there is a problem that is occurring. Lipkin agrees with Joan’s idea of how girls body parts have become a “project” to fix and mold. By having Brumberg’s opinion in the essay and Lipkin elaborating on those ideas it shows that Lipkin has a concerned attitude and allows her tone to be consistent throughout her entire essay. Lipkin also uses rhetorical strategies that are blended together to support her evidence the strategies used are ethos, pathos, and
An example of this would be when Anthony questioned, “Are women persons?” to which she answered immediately after to say that women are, although they are not treated as such. Anthony’s strong use of her rhetorical devices, and use of her ethos, pathos, and logos, is what made the speech so powerful and well-remembered. Anthony’s speeches, along with several other speeches from several other women and their peaceful protests, encouraged America to move forward past their prejudice and accept the fact that women are in fact citizens, and deserve to exercise every right the founding fathers granted
treatment of female members convinced many of these women that both slaves and women needed to be emancipated. Some abolitionist organizations did not allow African-Americans to join, while others curtailed the participation of women, especially in public speaking, voting, and business decisions. Many of these women continued their efforts to transform society through social movements by working on women 's rights in the campaign for suffrage and property rights, along with the rights to file lawsuits, obtain a divorce, and obtain custody of children. The intersection of abolitionism and women 's rights influenced the ideas and work of Sarah and Angelina Grimké, Abigail Kelley Foster, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The Grimké
The authors, The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (BWHBC), included all aspects of women 's health such as abortion, childbearing, birth control, and lesbianism as they believed that with knowledge, women would develop agency and be better equipped to deal with their health. Wendy Kline argues that for women who did not have access to women’s health groups or other feminist groups, reading Our Bodies, Ourselves, allowed them to see themselves as part of the movement. As women responded to the book, similarities were highlighted and it drew particular attention to the systemic nature of the medical mistreatment of women. Women told a variety of different stories, but all emphasized a feeling of violation, the mistreatment of women, and need for change. Responses also recommended what topics should be covered and demanded inclusivity.
Conversely, Smith also explores the sexual identity of her female characters. Natalie hooks up with strangers and abandons maternal duties by hiring a nanny. Subsequently, her extra-marital affairs are later discovered. These secretive defiant attacks against societal norms concede Wells’ claim that “the telling of [women’s] stories by others in ways that will recognize their uniqueness is complicated by the societal pressure to conform to the conventional narrative of womanhood, which includes heterosexual marriage and childhood” (Wells 103). In analysis of societal scripts for women, Wells’ article presents contentions that liken themselves to Smith’s thematic
The topic i’ll intend to focus on will be the women’s rights movement. This topic was important because in some states it’s still happening now in present time. There were a lot of problems before that have been solved, but, there’s still a lot of them that have to be solved.There are problems to this day like abortion rights and pay differences. There are still debates over if women should have the right to have an abortion. In my opinion, I think that women should have the right to have an abortion if they want to.
In reflection to the readings, there are many arguments that are for or against abortion. Is abortion ever justified? In feminism point of view, Susan Sherwin believes, yes, abortion is justified because it focuses on woman’s right to abortion in a liberal aspect. She also believes that woman’s right that pregnant woman are the best judge when to considering to abort the fetus. That means, the autonomy is shifted to the woman.
Wade regarding making abortions easily available to women. Planned Parenthood is one of those ways that came about after the case. Now this article discusses the secret side of the clinic and how it would be better if people were able to know more about it. There doesn’t seem to be a clear side for this article to go on. It stands in the middle, not going to the pro-life side, but not turning to pro-choice.
In the New York Times article, "The Stealth Attack on Abortion Access," author Meaghan Winter works to inform her audience on abortion and on the fact that women with low income are having their freedom to choose what they want to do with their body stripped away by abortion foes and republicans. The same abortion foes and republicans who voted to stop organizations, like planned parenthood, from providing cancer screenings, ultrasounds, contraception, and other services to low income women. She also strives to convince her audience to stand up against the people negating a women’s right to choose, and to help fight for the rights of women everywhere. Certain groups of republicans and other anti-abortion associations and advocates are “subsidizing centers with public funds” by working to “defund comprehensive health care providers”. By taking away a health care providers’ ability to fund cervices such as abortion, contraception, and cancer screenings, Women with low income