Throughout history, women have had to fight against stigma and stereotypes in society. In every era, from the ancient world to present day, females have been persecuted and taken advantage of due to their gender. In our previous set of readings, the female protagonists were strong characters who defied weak stereotypes, but were still viewed as lesser beings than men. In our second group of readings, where were written more recently, women saw a slight increase in their sovereignty. All depict women as powerful figures who use their wits to make a better life for themselves.
As women begin to integrate more into the male aspects of society, one of the most controversial integrations would have to be women’s new roles in the military. The military has been a male dominated entity since the beginning of historical records unless you consider the amazons of Greek mythology to be real. Since the military has always been male dominated and women are having a growing role in it, the military tradition and ways of doing things will also be affected. Most would agree that men and woman are both unequal when it comes to physical strength, a trait which is important military combat. Another physical truth about women and not men is that women can get pregnant which opens a variety of issues in the military.
‘What we claim for ourselves we claim for every woman!’” (Kidd 331). Kidd portrays Sarah as someone who was adamant in defending her right to speak her mind. Through her actions and speeches in Kidd’s novel, Sarah showed that women had the same rights and duties as men and should be able allowed to participate in the abolition
Increasingly, women recognised that campaigning was limited whilst women could not make their voices heard directly. As one entity fighting for their rights, women would eventually earn the right to vote. To finish off the poem, “...Makes a fountain of touches/Truly divine” is the perfect summation of the feminist movement, and can be applied to the fight against racism, homosexims, violence, and more. It is incredible to think that a simple touch, physically or emotionally, has the power to shape the world. The poem tells me that with my hope, your hope, and the hope of all women put together, anything is possible.
The Wife of Bath’s role in “The Wife of Bath Tale” is primarily to be rebellious. Throughout the prologue, her tone is distinctively aggressive as she is a self-created feminist. Though she is still forced to submit to society’s impositions, for her time she demonstrates an unprecedented amount of defiance. What makes Alison, the Wife of Bath, distinct is that she argues for freedom: “We cannot love a husband who takes charge/Of where we go. We like to be at large” (Chaucer 267).
In her speech, she challenged the limitations placed upon women in history. She declared, “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again.” At the time women, in society were seen as submissive and passive. Her speech challenged these ideas and changed the perception of all women in society. This speech was very powerful because it challenged the popular perception that women were only suited for domestic
1. Who is Betsy DeVo? Betsy DeVo is a multi-billionaire born in 1958, and the secretary of education in the USA. She holds a Bachelor of Art degree from Calvin College. Betsy is a politician, philanthropist, and an activist on educational matters. She started politics in her college years .Her passion for education was triggered by her mother, who was a teacher, and also through her experience as a parent.
The second wave was probably the most well known for feminist history. The issues of the second wave is known for women careers outside of their home, wage gaps, sex discrimination, and women representations, and fighting notions of motherhood. The third wave explained as having the stereotypes. The third wave is different than most feminist theories and is a response to the backlash of women after the second wave. Everyone has their own version of feminism and their own idea of what it is and thats what I like about how this author explains in detail of her own opinions, topics, and ideas of the way feminism, mothers, and women in general interact in America today.
She uses this reference to show how women have been stripped of their natural rights, yet expected to combat the trials brought by life. Cady Stanton eventually states her belief that someone has to struggle in life in order to survive, whether it is a male or female. This natural event clearly promotes equality that should occur between the two genders. To support this belief, the writer states: “It matters not to whether the solitary voyager is man or woman; nature, having endowed them equally; leaves them to their own skill and judgment in the hour of danger, and, if not equal to the occasion, alike they perish.” The author is saying that all humans deserve the same rights because every person is unique, alone, and individually responsible for itself. Elizabeth Stanton also states the fact that women didn’t have political rights and the right to vote, and that changes should be made in that field.
Sally Seton is a rebellious and free-spirit woman, that is shown, “how they were to reform the world” (Woolf 33); she always tries to seek changes, specifically the changes of gender roles in the society. Doris Kilman is another female figure in the novel that expresses the rights of woman to be able to choose their occupation freely, “all professions are open to women of your generation” (Woolf