Women In 'Annie Get Your Gun'

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“Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything, better than you”, in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ sang by Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton, is one of the many examples of the constant battle between the sexes. In the past century, women in the United States have come a long way from separating themselves from the systematic gender norms that were generally believed by society. Prior to the women’s liberation movement , women were thought to be inferior and subordinate to men – that they were considered to be less than a man in regards of physical strength, intellectuality, and virtually all other aspects of life that did not confine them to their gender roles. In some respects, this view of women still exist today; however, considering the …show more content…

In reference to Catherine Beecher Stowe, she even believed that women should only “concentrate on their responsibilities to the family”. Most often, husbands expected their wives to be seen but not heard, especially in the public eye. She was not allowed to be involved and have the freedom in both the political and religious world. Women did not normally have a job outside of being a homemaker or caretaker. Her duties were to cook, clean, take care of her husband, make sure laundry was done, and be a teacher to her children. In comparison to 100 years later, women, now, have the same job opportunities as men. Husbands and wives can simultaneously have their careers. Now, women, currently, makeup 58% of the work force, while, a century ago (1914); the percentage of women working was only at 18% (Jobs).Since women were considered to be physically weaker by men, they could not obtain any valuable job, especially ones that were strenuous or laborious. As a result, that was why the percentage of working women was extremely low in the 1900’s. Nowadays, even though it is still male-dominated, more women are entering the law enforcement field, military and are holding supervisory positions. With so many opportunities, women can have choices on either becoming a homemaker or have a career that they wish to pursue. Even in some instances now; however, stay-at-home mothers are being criticized and judged by …show more content…

In the 1900’s women were restricted by laws that impaired gender equality. For more than half of the historical backdrop of America, women were not given the right to vote. They did not have any voice. As a result, women could not help make gains in society and law. On the other hand, women today are as active as men in electorical activities and generally have a higher turnout rate when voting in elections. Since the start of 1920, women have made a major gain in politics and their rights by passing the 19th amendment. This amendment gave women the right to vote, which launched a reform on the U.S political system. Since that time, the gaps in political participation between men and women have begun to thin and even vanish in some regions. Since women are better taught, more prone to be utilized outside the home, and have better monetary assets, they are pretty much as liable to take part in legislative issues. Towards the end of the 1980’s to 1990’s, women in politics exploded in the masses assuming higher legislative positions. For instance, in current American politics, notable female politicians, such as, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, and Dianne Feinstein have made tremendous progress in advocating women’s right. Furthermore, in the 2008 presidential election, Hillary Clinton made a strong bid for a seat in the White House. If taken back century ago, the thought of having a female presidential

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