Especially in the United States; in 1961, when President Kennedy established the Commission on the Status of Women to improve women’s employment, education, and social security. Additionally, in 1963, the Equal Rights Movement was established to prohibit difference in wages between men and women in the same establishment. From the 1970’s to the 1980’s, countries socialist countries, with less strategic geographic positions, invoked for more changes with women’s policies. In Cuba, with a Federation of Cuban Women, Fidel Castro, the president, encourages to strengthen the revolution by transmitting the values it portrays towards equality, addressing even minimal discriminations and the impact and sacrifice Cuban women have made towards the revolution efforts, qualifying them in higher revolutionary status than men (Doc.6). Fidel Castro, a president that had a special connection with the Soviet Union, tried to implement the same values and governing style as in this nation.
They were ready to grow as women and make a change. Alvarez stated in the book that, “Obviously, these sisters, who fought one tyrant, have served as models for women fighting against injustices of all kinds” (Alvarez 324). The Mirabal sisters suffered for fighting against injustices, this is something that made them butterflies.
The Fight for Women’s Rights For long, women were considered inferior to men. Before the start of the women’s rights movement, people thought that females were destined for a life of cleaning, taking care of kids, and being a good; submissive wife. They couldn’t own property, couldn’t vote, couldn’t attend school nor college, couldn’t work, couldn’t even take care of their own money; it was as if they were objects, destined for reproduction. In medieval times, women were even considered the devil’s work. This was such a common belief that even St. Jerome (who was a saint) once said: Women is the gate of the devil, the path of wickedness, the sting of serpent, in a word a perilous object”.
“This movement was far from unified, however; strife and division often arose as activists faced the difficulties of meeting the diverse needs and priorities of the women of America” (Andreas et al. ).The WRM did start in the 1800’s which is long before Trifles came out, but the movement lasted until the twentieth century. Through the WRM, Trifles is able to suggest that Glaspell lives in a society of women gaining the ability to protect each other and themselves by fighting for their freedom and rights. Despite the stereotypes and restrictions placed on women based on their gender, they still united as one to gain equality. Trifles came out in the twentieth century and the story illustrates an abusive emotional relationship between a married couple to which Mrs. Wright becomes a suspect in killing Mr. Wright.
Women have come a long way throughout history from the right to vote to be able to work in the workplace. They have faced a lot of discrimination but have been able to fight through each situation, but yet there are disparities between men and women in the workplace from the pay gap to positions. But why are these disparities present? Katty Kay and Clarie Shipman, writers of the article The Confidence Gap, believe the answer is confidence. This article argues that the reason why women do not pursue higher positions is due to low confidence through a pathos appeal directed at the audience, an ethos appeal given by the credibility of the authors, and a logos appeal by a variety of statistics and studies.
One type of harassment that women encounter are “male-dominated industries like construction, where women are seen as an interloper, and women experience high levels of harassment” (Golshan 2). Men have felt that women are taking their careers away from them and try to scare them away from wanting that specific career. The men have harassed women to make them feel inferior in the workplace and women feel that they cannot speak up against their actions. There are other industries that “have harassed women in low wage jobs, like hotel cleaners or farm workers, experience high levels of harassment because they do not have the bargaining power to push back” (Golshan 2). Women are scared because the level of power they do not have compared to their male co-workers.
A male centred society and the patriarchy were once again being accepted as the norm and perpetuated. Women’s opportunities were severely limited, and her narrative was prescribed to her. Gloria Steinem was born the granddaughter of a committee member of the National Woman Suffrage Association, so activism and women’s rights had been tackled in her family far before she was born. Steinem’s parents split up early on in her life, resulting in her mother’s financial instability. Steinem later accredited her mother’s inability to keep a job to the hostile attitudes towards women in the workspace.
After reading the article I noticed women made significant impact and changes to the way society used to view and treat this gender. Before industrialization women lived with the norm that their place was only at home in the plantation system. Women were not allowed to work or participate in politics and political decision in regards to Puerto Rico. However, along the lines women felt and saw the way they were treated which was unethical and unfair. Women did not have the right to education.
The government of the United States indirectly suppressed women almost as much as African Americans and other minorities. Throughout the 1700’s and early 1800’s, a woman’s place was in the household and not in the work force. Women remained innocent in the mind of the public, but eventually they used this consensus to their advantage. During the Civil War, as a result of the split in the nation, women were overlooked when it came to their opinion. Women used this alienation to seek information that they wished to give to the side in which they supported.
Though with the stereotype of the spinster and old maid, many were still afraid to remain single. Especially due to the fact that at this time women who were unmarried were unable to obtain bank loans and credits cards. Even in terms of employment, jobs that were aimed at women would request for specific physically attractive appearances. Greater opportunities for women began in the early 1960s, due to significant changes taking place on a political level. Eleanor Roosevelt headed The Commission on the Status of Women issued a report in 1963, which found that in America discrimination against women did exist and laws needed to be introduced in order to achieve better gender equality.