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Patriarchy: What Does It Means To Be A Feminist

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Feminism, works toward the unravelling and overthrow of patriarchy (Fortier, 108)

One of the predominant places where gender bias begins is at home. We learn it by seeing how our parents interact with each other and how they treat us as kids. Gender discrimination learned in household impacts children in their formative years, which sets a scene for the way that a girl will expect to be treated for the rest of her life. For example, if a husband constantly mistreats and undermines his wife in front of their kids (both male and female), the kids will assume their roles through observance (women are slaves to their husband, and that men have the power over their wives to treat them as they please). Children are copy cats; they learn
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This can be done through textbooks and children’s cartoons. Lydia R Wiest, for example, suggests that in order to have more women pursue male careers, it is necessary for the teacher to be feminist or for the textbooks to incorporate female characters that have excelled in those particular fields as role models (Wiest, 162). My role models growing up were mother, my grandmother and Maryam Mirzakhani. My mother because from a young age, she showed me what it meant to be a strong woman, to carve your own niche in the world, speak your mind, and never be defined by societal norms. Her actions and her words contributed to the person I am today. Maryam Mirzakhani, because at age 37, she was the first woman in history to win the Fields medal in Mathematics, opening a door for more women to participate in this challenge. The Fields Medal is the highest award in the field of mathematics. Some people have called it the math equivalent of the Nobel Prize, though it’s not a perfect analogy since Fields medalists must be younger than 40 years old. Fifty people received the Fields Medal between 1936 and 2010 (the award is given every four years to between two and four mathematicians). All of them were…show more content…
By focusing on one of my role models Maryam Mirzkhani, I have illustrated why having a role model is important, and how they influence the career choices we make. Maryam also serves as an example of what women are capable of achieving in an environment where masculine values, or patriarchal norms are absent (She is a woman who encountered no gender bias. Growing up she had support from both her family and her
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