The Changing Role Of Women's Empowerment In America

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Empowerment is defined as the authority or power given to someone to do something. When a lot of people are given power they don’t do anything with it, when in reality they must do something life changing. In today’s society women are the main ones who take advantage of the power they are given. Women empowerment is very prevalent and it is seen in everyday topics. For example, at the Women’s March 2018 many empowering, famous women showed up and talked about the women's issues constantly occurring nowadays. Within those speeches they told their stories of struggle, courage and bravery. During those speeches, one stood out particularly, that was the speech of Viola Davis. Davis starts out telling past history of America’s struggle, then transitioning…show more content…
Statistics are eye opening information. Davis in her speech includes a variety of statistics, such as percentages of rape, sexual assault and sex trafficking. Davis starts out by saying “One out of every five women will be sexually assaulted and raped before she reaches the age of 18. One out of six boys” (Davis, p.4). This shows that victims do not have to just necessarily be woman even boys are affected by this, the event may have been for woman awareness but Davis takes the time to address the issue that men can be victims as well. Through more statistics she continues forward and states “If you are a woman of color and you are raped before you reach the age of 18, then you are 66 percent more likely to be sexually assaulted again.Seventy percent of girls who are sex-trafficked are girls of color….It is a billion-dollar industry” (Davis, p.4) this show that usually the victims alongside women and men are people of color, minorities. This information Davis provides gives an insight to what is really happening in America and how America takes a situation filled with tragedy, suffering and makes a business out of it instead of being able to find an end to it. With all the shocking statistics given to the audience, Davis was able to get a reaction out of the crowd, which helped capture the audience overall, but as well as move the argument even…show more content…
Throughout her entire speech a reader and the audience can say that Davis understand situations due to research and statistics. Many may know her as an award winning actress, but they don’t know much about her background and from where she came up from. Davis states “ Listen, I am always introduced as an award-winning actor. But my testimony is one of poverty. My testimony is one of being sexually assaulted and very much seeing a childhood that was robbed from me” (Davis, p.7). It turns out that behind her fame and success there is a story of struggle, her childhood was taken away from her. Davis had to grow up faster and understand things due to poverty and sexual assault, which is the case for many victims. Furthermore, she says “ I know that the trauma of those events are still with me today. And that’s what drives me to the voting booth. That’s what allows me to listen to the women who are still in silence...That we are as 324 million people living on this earth, to know that every day, we breathe and we live. That we got to bring up everyone with us” (Davis, p.7). As states before in her speech, one must move forward from an event no matter how difficult it may seem, that is exactly what she did, she was able to move on and from the quote she ended up realizing that she shouldn’t be the only one thriving. Everyone should be able to thrive and move on

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