And because of this, females would be punished for what was considered slacking off in the eyes of their masters. Female slaves did not just work on plantations and farms. “The diversity of labor in which female engaged, from working on rich plantations in South Carolina to hiring out as seamstresses in Atlanta,” (Catherine M. Lewis, J. Richard Lewis) Female slaves were put to work very often to do jobs that would only benefit their masters. Many female slaves had to work alongside of the threat of
However, Holt (some historians) considered that we shouldn't distinguish these two as separate events. Holt ,wrote about individual's experiences of each generations. Frederick Douglass was one of the former slaves who became a powerful African American abolitionist in the 19th century. He experienced both the position of a slave and a former slave. He was one of the enslaved people, but he was unique in that he learned reading and writing from his slaveowner's wife despite banning to teach reading and writing.
In the text Shirley Chisholm is taking a stand for women’s rights rather than African American rights. Paragraph 4 it states, “ The unspoken assumption is that women are different.” What Chisholm means by this is that they are treated differently due to their gender. Chisholm believes that it is not always true that women are different. Paragraph 6 states, “But the truth is in the political world I have been far oftener discriminated against because I am a woman than because I am black.” Often people are more discriminated for being a woman rather than an African American. In this case, Chisholm for example, takes more defence being discriminated for being a woman than an African American.
After reading, “ The Exert from Fredrick Douglass”, I learned more about the thoughts of a slave named Fredrick Douglass. This has also expanded my thoughts about the history of slavery and how it affected people. Douglass was a slave who belonged to a man named Hugh Auld in Baltimore. Douglass was a lot different from other slaves, because he knew how to read. Douglass first began to learn how to read when Auld’s wife started to teach him.
One thing Perdue could have done to have taken this book to the next level, is include more insight from specific Cherokee women. With their insights, it would have given more of a direct insight as to actual stories making the book more interesting. If she had included more examples of Cherokee women today and how they demonstrated strength this book could have been better. Also, Perdue’s analysis reveals the burden of her politics. It is evident that at times she uses communitarian and the female centric nature of Cherokee society to criticize modern American gender relations and society.
In the thoughts of Betty Friedan in her Feminine Mystique, “The key to the trap is, of course, education. The Feminine Mystique has made higher education for women seem suspect, unnecessary and even dangerous. But I think that education, and only education, has saved, and can continue to save, American women from the greater dangers of the feminine mystique”. Education had played a big part in opening up women’s roles outside of domesticity. She created a society in which women wanted to live in.
The combination of this and slavery has brainwashed the black community to think they are not as valuable as non-blacks. “Black women need to be empowered so that they can protect themselves against the negative messages that they receive from their environment.” (Bryant, 89) The naturalista niche is essentially the black community uniting to let the world know that the Eurocentric idea of beauty may not include them but they are not the ones who need to change to become beautiful. The definition of beauty is “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit” (Merriem-Webster), saying that black women are not beautiful is implying that there is nothing about her that stimulates one’s senses in a positive way. When someone is told continuously that they are not worth anything, nor will they amount to anything, over time they will begin to believe it and treat others who look like them the same way. The naturalista niche is a movement that aims to empower the black community and to educate them on how to take care of themselves, mainly hair care.
“One early state case, Barefield v. Leach (1974), demonstrated that the opportunities and programs for female inmates were clearly inferior to those for male inmates” (Schmalleger & Smykia, 2015, p. 377). Rights were important because people wanted to be treated fairly and women wanted to be offered the same opportunities as men. In this chapter I have learned about Legal
According to merriam-webster.com, the definition of glass ceiling is “an unfair system or set of attitudes that prevents some people (such as women or people of a certain race) from getting the most powerful jobs”. As many people know, women tend to get paid less when referring to corporate and/or office jobs; being a colored woman, I wanted to be stay informed on the topic and changes that can possibly occur to break this glass ceiling. Therefore, I went and sat in on a lecture that took place on October 14th lead by a representative from the campaign, All In Together. The All In Together campaign is a collaboration-driven campaign to empower women with the tools they need to drive meaningful change. As this woman (whose name I did not remember) was
While reading about American history the thing that I found most appealing was the limited rights that women had during this era. Although women gave the early settlers longer life expectancy and brought hope to their future, women still were not considered equal to a man. Women were discriminated against and didn’t play an important role in early American history. Generally, women had fewer legal rights and career opportunity than men because they were considered weak and not able to perform certain tasks. Different women came from different ethnic backgrounds and were all created equal in the eyes of men.