Feminism And The American Equal Rights Association

1550 WordsJun 3, 20167 Pages
During the late 19th and early 20th century in America, the rise of Feminism challenged the traditional gender roles. The female authors of this time period represented realistic aspects of women’s struggles, which often reflected limitations from society and their own lives. The three female authors who advocated women’s struggles in their writings were Sojourner Truth, Willa Cather, and Edith Wharton. In the speech to the American Equal Rights Association, Truth reveals that women do not have rights to present their voices in the court. Cather addresses women’s devastating labor life after the marriage in “A Wagner Matinee.” Likewise, in “April Shower”, Wharton portrays men’s criticism upon economically successful women. American female authors of the late 19th and early 20th century demonstrates the ideas of Feminism by men objecting to representation in politics, prohibiting career over marriage, and criticizing economic self-sufficiency. The first female author who focuses the political aspects of feminism is Sojourner Truth. She demonstrates how women do not have recognition to present their own voices in politics through the use of parallelism and antithesis. Truth was a former slave who advocates the rights for blacks and women. Her speech to the American Equal Rights Association on May 9, 1867, addresses her dissatisfaction toward colored men getting their rights while women were being excluded. She also argues that women are also human beings and that they should
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