Essay on The Changing Status of Women

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The Changing Status of Women

Women have played a huge role in society. Many people respect women for the simple fact that they bring life to every human that is put on earth and, without them, none of us would be here today. Although many people respect women, women believe that they have been treated unfairly in the past. I believe that women have been treated unfairly, but I also believe that women today have much better opportunities offered to them than in the past, and that women today are closer to equality than ever before.

Writings by Simone de Beauvoir, Karen Horney, and Margaret Mead document that, in the past, women have been oppressed or repressed in many ways. For instance, they were not allowed to vote until 1920.
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I do not agree with Beauvoir's conclusion that women are doomed to inferiority. There is evidence of a cultural shift in many of the industrialized nations and particularly in the United States, where women are rapidly gaining ground in positions of authority and leadership. There are women in positions as senators and judges, CEOs and clergy, to name a few. Ground has also been gained in middle management and small business ownership. One of the more interesting recent effects is that technological advances in computers and Web-based activities have provided a new path for women to leap forward in their position relative to men.

Women have also been treated unfairly because of the physical differences between men and women. For example, women were thought to be unable to do physical work that men did because men are genetically stronger than women; however, this is no longer the case. Today there are many women who do hard physical labor that is equally strenuous to that of a man's. Women are making strides in the areas of construction, military, and others, demonstrating their capabilities and value as physical laborers. There are even areas in which women are proving to have some physical advantages over men, including some high-tech areas such as a combat pilot, where they withstand higher G forces, or an astronaut,