Throughout American History, Men Have Dominated Over Women,

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Throughout American history, men have dominated over women, especially in the work force. However, the nation has progressed to a future that is reaching gender equality, but is not quite there yet. As I looked at J. Howard Miller’s propaganda poster, We Can Do It, from 1942, it got me thinking how women came together to do “men’s work” in order to help the US survive during World War II and disregarded gender roles in the process. And as I read Richard Nixon’s Address to the Nation on Labor Day, I wondered how American female stereotypes affected the treatment of women in the workplace. How can women work if they are constantly bombarded with the idea that they should be at home doing “women’s work”? Gender roles have negatively affected…show more content…
Men charged them for overstepping their boundaries as women because women should not be allowed to speak their opinions. This drove the sisters to advocate women’s right to have the same moral and political opportunities (Varon 20). Women had a strict role of staying in the household to only project their actions and opinions within that vicinity. When women married in the 19th century, they give up their right as a person and merge behind her husband. A wife 's legal personality disappears into her husband’s shadow, resulting in the loss of her ability to engage in most legal acts such as signing a contract and owning/disposing property (Fowler). An entire human being could easily disappear, simply through marriage. The Grimké sisters saw this as a waste of their talents and stepped outside to project their influence to the world instead. However, their critics thought otherwise. Jesse Bynum, a North Carolinian politician in 1837, stated that it was an awful omen that women were stepping into politics, the realm of men, and demanding for men to act. To follow their urgings was foolish and would result in a civil war that would soak the fields of the nation with “brothers’ blood” (Varon 20). The idea of women having a voice was so alien to many American citizens. So permitting female suffrage would incite violence from those who opposed it, adding on another problem to the already divided US. In the 19th century, ideas were
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