The Role of Women in Society

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The Role of Women in Society Spanning the history of humanity, groups of people have come together to fight for their civil rights and the chance at a better life. The United States had a series of revolutions with many wronged minorities demanding equality. Among these groups of people, women were a major group seeking liberation. The Feminist movement, both the First Wave and the Second Wave, achieved many of the goals its innovators sought to accomplish. Legally, women have gained much equality to men. However, the inner workings of society need to be revamped to eliminate all prejudices women face simply because they are women. The Feminist Movement has earned women a new status in society that was not possible fifty years ago, but …show more content…
For example, in the Beatles song Run For Your Life the lyrics threaten the life of the song’s author “sweetheart” if he happens to “catch you with another man that's the end, little girl.” Typically people seem to think it is just with rap music or hard metal, but these types of lyrics can be found anywhere. When discussing the role of women in society, one cannot simply generalize and lump all women into one group. There is much diversity in the group that is women alone. These differences span across sexuality, race, gender, class, ability and other variations. In order to have inclusiveness, the author has included a few of the subgroups within women in the discussion of the role of women in society. These subgroups are African American women, lesbians, and Trans women. “You already have two strikes against you: you’re black and you’re a woman. So you have to work twice as hard.” This statement was one that my mother repeatedly to me as a child. Being both an African American and a woman in United States society is “an unique dilemma” (Staples 10). African American women have to deal with both racism from those outside their race and sexism from those outside their sex. There are stereotypes of the Black woman as the overbearing, matriarch who needs to be put in her “place” by the black man (Staples 10).
One might question, in this day of women’s liberation, whether women have to subordinate

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