Sexism And Discrimination Against Women

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Isms in society have a way of dividing the country down many different lines of identity; for example, ethnicity, age, weight, and religious preference are aspects that compose an individual that are often discriminated against. With recent events, the issue of sexism was made apparent to Americans. Sexism is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as, “prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially :discrimination against women” (Sexism). This history of injustice against women dates back centuries to the beginning of American history, as women were denied the right to vote, own property, or attend school. Women’s suffrage movements gained national recognition in the 1920’s thanks to activists such as Susan B. Anthony who described her efforts in the following way, “I beg you to speak of Woman as you do of the Negro, speak of her as a human being, as a citizen of the United States, as a half of the people in whose hands lies the destiny of this Nation.” (“Susan B. Anthony”).
With statistical evidence having been recorded over several decades, it is evident that women, especially in the workplace, are not treated with the same respect as their male counterparts. Through the recognition of women’s struggles throughout American history and the acknowledgement of the struggles women face to this day, progress can be made in efforts to remedy the misogynistic practice of sexism.
The United States has never known a time of true gender equality as sexism has its roots in Colonial times, America’s infancy. During this time, education for girls was secondary to that of boys and they were only permitted to attend classes when there was enough room for them, this was often over the summer while the boys were out working. Rather than being taught arithmetic and English, girls learned how to cook, take care of children, and clean the home. Over time, women’s rights activists such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton began to fight for societal change in regards to the way women were treated, most notably the right to vote. Women’s suffrage was recognized in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th amendment which stated, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the
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