Gloria Steinem can ultimately be said to be a leader of the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Her involvement in the movement shaped the way feminism is viewed in the USA today, especially considering her role in causes such as abortion, and women in journalism, specifically Ms. Magazine. While she was not solely responsible for any part of the Women’s movement, as she was part of different groups of women who “led” the movement, her influence is undeniable, and most certainly pivotal to how modern feminism is viewed today. Second wave feminism came as a response to the reinstatement of the domestic role of women as women’s sole role in a post-World War Two society. A male centred society and the patriarchy were once again being accepted as the norm and perpetuated.
Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton both are leading women’s rights activists during their time; their work influenced the American Peoples’ view on women. They founded one of the earliest pro-women’s rights movements in the country, which was essential in spreading feminism throughout America. Their lifelong battle against inequality to combat slavery and promote feminism through literary works like; 'The Revolution' and the Declaration of Sentiments speeches, succeeded after their death when women got the right to vote. Their efforts in promoting women’s rights to the American people would later be a part of their many foundations such as; National American Women Suffrage Association, and the American Equal Rights
Friedan was an author, an activist, and the first president of the National Organization for Women. The National Organization for Women aimed to promote women 's ideas, eliminate discrimination, and protect the equal rights of women in all aspects of life. Friedan ignited the second wave of American feminism by writing The Feminine Mystique. Friedan 's audience would most likely be women who want their rights and are annoyed with the housewife role. In her article, "The Importance of Work," Friedan uses several means of persuasion and different types of rhetorical strategies to describe the change in human identity.
After reading the novel Revolutionary Mothers I have gained significant knowledge and a better grasp of the Revolutionary war. Carol Berkin 's purpose in writing this book was a simple one: Presenting a series of lenses of various raced women and how they affected and were effected by the Revolutionary War. She presents how women of every skin color was a major factor during the war and ultimately in aiding the formation of our nation. A major difference between this novel and what I have previously learned is that this novel magnifies contributions women have made for this country. Furthermore the textbooks that I read once in class greatly minimize those contributions and just give a broad overview of them.
Dana Seitler argued that “it is not a monster, but often a mother who negotiates, threatens, and ultimately restores a sense of cultural survival and national futurity to the social world” (Seitler 63). By this she means that in spite of women being treated differently than what was considered the male “norm,” women were ultimately in charge of the shift in power that was soon to come forth. Also, the way women were treated served as an escape for feministic views and “exciting proof of the on-going fight for liberation” (Seitler 63). As time went by, the structure of society began to shift with women fighting for their rights, as well as rights to be able to work a job. As the world began to be more industrialized, with women participating
I believe that the critical lens that provides modern society with the most compelling view of literature is Feminist Criticism because it analyzes distrust and disloyalty among relationships, women being treated as possessions and shows the representation of powerful women. Modern society would analyze literature using a feminist perspective because most literature analyzes the relationship between genders and the powerful influence and meaning it has to the readers life. Othello is a great play to analyze with many different types of literature criticisms, but Feminist Criticism analyzes the plot and the main characters situation most. It is still so common to see many of the points presented in the book till this day, men believing that they are stronger than women and treating them as inferior. Even so women are trying to make their voice be heard and demonstrating everyday the vital impact they have in society.
During the times of the American Revolution, women gained a sense of self-identification, among other things. These times are important to women’s rights because this laid the foundation for the freedom and equality among sexes we come to know today. Women in the American Revolution gained new roles and discovered importance beyond the household duties of precious generations, by means of filling the gaps left by their husbands at war. Women participated in the American Revolution in ways that had not so much happened before in previous wars. One example is Deborah Champion being used to spread secret messages.
Options gave them some power and influence, as an emerging voting class with a particular set of priorities. Women still faced inequality and discrimination, but in the words of the Virginia Slim’s slogan, which was marketed toward women in the sixties and seventies, “You’ve come a long way, baby!” (Catalano, pg. 76). The simple fact that product marketing, which was not for household products, food, or clothing, was being directed toward women was evidence of a new group of people with purchasing power. Women were no longer sitting idly by as decisions were being made for them.
During the periods of 1890-1925 the Progressive Era diversified the role and responsibility of women by developing a workforce for women and promoting their political involvement.The role of women changed during the 1890s - 1920s,women became more important and were taken seriously.Although before the affection of economic and political developments of American women in the 1890s-1920s,they had no rights in the government,and were mainly know as a housewife.The consequence of the political developments advanced women to pursue their career and gain a better education. In “The Status of Women,Past,Present, and Future”(Doc. 1 ) , Susan B. Anthony who was a female political leader, intended that women should be given more industrial
The conferences aimed to “reflected news deemed suitable for women's and society pages" (Beasley 11). This began the changing of the traditional role of First Lady and women in media as a whole. Women were able to have opinions on important issues and a voice in society. This greatly impacted women who would later follow her shoes, such as Julia Tyler, Florence Harding, and Grace Coolidge. These three female leaders were known for their positive acceptance in the press.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the most influential women in the movement. Lucretia Mott was a Quaker minister and abolitionist. There were three hundred people in attendance and objectives for the women’s rights movement was put into place. (Adams, 2003) However, “negative reaction was expressed all over the country by the press and some members of the clergy, who verbally attacked the organizers of the convention.” (Adams, 2003) Around 1850 Stanton was joined by women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, who later went on to create the Women’s New York Temperance Society organization. They fought for basic economic freedoms for women and even lobbied against Congress to include women in the provisions of the 14th and 15th Amendments.
As Ruth Rosen explains throughout her book, The World Split Open, the Women’s Rights Movement certainly resulted in significant changes in the way Americans perceived the woman’s role in a variety of situations. From home to academia to politics, the women’s movement helped to make the changes necessary so that women would be respected and treated as equals in any field they chose to pursue. Of the changes that stemmed from the movement in the 1970s, the unity and collaboration that exists among women is one of the most historically significant because of the way it influenced so many women from vastly different lifestyles. To begin, Rosen often discussed the “nameless” problems that plagued women throughout the 1950s and into the 60s. Too often, millions of
War had a dramatic impact on gender roles and the path that women’s rights took. “Both wars have been seen as motors of change, bringing in their wake new legislation, new patterns of behavior and new ways of thinking” (Noakes, 2007, p. 143). War causes public opinions to change in short periods of time. For England, the change was a strong need to find their perceived peaceful nation once again. This, in part, appeared in the form of trying to push women back into traditional gender-roles.