“...I see women contending’ for their rights…” (Truth 254). She noticed women trying incredibly hard to gain their rights. Women wanted to be viewed as equals and felt they were no different than men. Truth was successful in her speeches because it gave women to power to speak up and push for their right to vote. If she never advocated for these women, society today may be very different.
In Homer’s The Odyssey, particular characters have some sort of disguise that allows them to deceive others. In the epic, there is also a demonstration of inequality between men and women. The idea of guile in The Odyssey was raised multiple times throughout the epic and it was often considered to be wisdom. From the beginning of the epic, we see characters praising men for their “wisdom” and women are oppressed for the majority of their actions, including lying. This patriarchal system that oppresses women for their actions, including shunning them for being deceptive, reveals the double standard in society, but also reveals the social statuses in this time period that oppressed women and bound them from being able to change the overall epic.
Literary Analysis of Anthem One could say that a woman that grew up in a strict, un-individual society would be all for gender equality, but that is not the case for Ayn Rand’s book, Anthem, which shows a very primal, sexist, view of women. Rand shows this view as it evolves throughout the story when Liberty first meets Equality and is a cold, merciless, and unkind woman, to becoming a completely obedient, submissive, servant. The ongoing relationship between Equality and Liberty shows Ayn Rand’s viewpoint on women, that when they are in the presence of an independent man, that they will become submissive. “We found garments and the Golden One gasped at the sight of them”(Rand 91). This is an example of a typical stereotype, that all women are obsessed with clothing and their appearance.
Men should have absolute rule over society. This was the mindset back when women's rights activists were considered rare and unorthodox. In A Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Elizabeth Cady Stanton rejects the status quo and finds solutions to the overbearing problems she sees within society. A concept that has greatly been dreamt over throughout history has been challenged, by a woman. Elizabeth Cady Stanton exerts repetition, allusion, and pathos to express her opinions in favor of increasing women's rights.
Women have to obey the men of the household and have no choice for getting pregnant. Babies are taken away from their mother and reared by the Wives. In contrast to this, women in ancient Sparta were more dominant in society than the women in the book. Women in Sparta could own property and often inherited as much as their brothers would. Men in Sparta were said to always obey their wives and several men would share a wife.
A woman is a human being and she is entitled to the same rights as a man. This should be a reality accepted by virtually anyone anywhere and not a feminist stand. Many still consider that offering women equal opportunities as men is outrageous and out of this world. Popular feminists like Mary Daly have come under fire for her strong views against holding men in higher regard than women. Daly should however be celebrated by many for her philosophical argument for the inclusion of women’s rights and interests in every aspect of life.
They wondered if she’d ever get married; Jane never worried about marriage or having children, for she wanted more out of life. (“Jane Addams.” Women). I believe this determination to become educated spiked Addams’ presence in the women's rights movement. She knew there was more to life than marriage and children. She knew there was a cause worth fighting for, now she just had to
Society always looks at women with a special eye, which is not the case for men. Wollstonecraft’s’ message to all the women is to come out of their culturally constructed state, avoid being elegant, examine their inherent nature, and be rationale. Wollstonecraft is heavily inspired by Rousseau, and embraces his commitments to be independent and free. Even though she speaks of women as separate from herself, but she does not compliment them, instead reprimand them for failing limiting their goals till marriage. She condemns women for wasting all their energy in beauty, marriage and children.
Patriarchal societies have existed as long as there have been humans. From the beginning when men would hunt and women would gather, to the present day wage gap, men’s demonstration of superiority is evident throughout history. Women, historically, serve as accessories to men, seen not heard. However, some brave women question their role in society. Edna Pontellier, in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, conforms outwardly to the societal role of women existing only as mothers and wives but questions inwardly through exploration of her individuality and sexuality, as demonstrated through her relationships with her husband Leonce Pontellier and Robert Lebrun, yet her realization that her growth will not be accepted by others ultimately causes her death.
Civil rights activist Susan B. Anthony once said, “The day may be approaching when the whole world will recognize woman as the equal of man” (Brainy). This quote explains what Anthony believes: she believes that women are equal to men, and the whole world will one day see that. She had fought for women’s rights all her life, until she was put in the grave. Susan B. Anthony’s involvement in civil disobedience was due to personal influences, she chose to participate in civil disobedience to advocate for women’s rights, and she did achieve success using this controversial method of standing up for what she strongly believes to be right. Civil disobedience is a person/group of people who peacefully protest laws or rights.