Recently throughout the United States and other countries, there has been a sudden epiphany that women should be treated just as fairly as men. This is a shocking notion, indeed. How dare women have equal rights; what is this the twenty-first century? Lately, feminists everywhere have been supporting their fellow women and pushing for equality. They have taken to the streets and have marched so their cause can be heard, and even the media has been showing its support for the ladies out there, striving to make things right. Music artists such as Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift have been supportive of this new wave of feminism, releasing songs that have strong and suggestive lyrics about female independence. Also, the popular online social networks, like Twitter and Instagram, have been depicting celebrities supporting the “Treat boys and girls the same” campaign, which pushes for impartiality for girls and boys, starting from a young age. With all of this mass media attention, it is sure to spark up some reform; and it has. Journalists Rina Chandran and Bibhudatta Pradhan’s article “India 's Women 's Vote Becomes More Independent”, of the Bloomberg Business newspaper, has recently discussed how women in India have begun to defy traditional gender roles and vote in the recent elections. Even though these women have been taught to obey their husbands’ every command, some have decided to defy this conditioning and vote, even against their husbands’ wishes.
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The fight against sexism is not a new fight. Women have been fighting for equal rights, as well as fighting for their lives, culture, and values to be just as important as men's. On August 18, 1920, women were granted the right to vote; but this was only the beginning. From then to now, the role of women in society has significantly changed due to women standing up for their rights at protests and rallies, as well as on social media. While “The Good Wife’s Guide” focused on the promotion of the traditional gender role of women and defined appropriate emotions for women, “The Revolt of ‘Mother,’” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, represents the start of the resistance of the traditional gender role of women that we see in society today.
bell hook is a famous feminist author who wrote the book “Feminism Is For Everybody” hooks attempt to create a quick, simple start on feminist history, theory, and politics to the masses who receive a misinformation, misunderstood, and maligned version of the feminist movement. Hooks says “To understand feminism it implies one has to necessarily understand sexism”.We define feminism as the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.Where she simply define and shows that being feminism does not mean women have to become mean or they are better than men,she simply saying that men and women need to be equal like the civil right movements. The book begins with a brief statement of feminist political positions, then discusses some history of the movement.She discusses the change in the movement from personal to groups where women have close relationships with one another and began to feel personally empowered by their participation in the establishment of large, and how some women feel like they are working for the high middle-class women.Every single time it doesn’t matter you a women or men, you will always have someone in the higher level than you.hooks feel like it will very exciting for the women who have the power to work with other so they could build each other up..Hooks views the formation of large women’s organizations as the beginning of a stage where the movement took on the role of
Throughout the decades the definition and stance of feminism have varied from individual to individual. Seeing Like a Feminist, is a book written by Nivedita Menon and the focus of this work, is feminist ways of observing gendered modes of power (Menon 2012, p.X). Out of the numerous cases provided, I focus on sexual division of labor, focusing on domestic labor and how it is portrayed as a task that only women can fulfill. This case is important and powerful because domestic labor is common amongst women and unfortunately there is no protection for them due to domestic labor not being seen as a job rather as a hobby.
Constantly, people hear rape crimes, sexual abuse, and the inequality between women and men on a everyday bases. Not only is this situation happening intensely in the United States, it becomes even more fierce in third-world countries such as India. Controversies surrounding women’s image and status should be resolved locally and internationally. It is not something that is completely irrelevant to us, it could happen to anyone, you, your friends, and even your family members. So, when people are talking misconceptions about the image of women, or giving funny comments about a serious issue that is relating to women, please stand up and defend for women’s rights. Any defensive action might have a chance of saving a life, strengthening women’s rights, and protecting their dignity. Women should not be told of what to wear, how to act, and when to play; men should be told not to
In the world today, women have a say in what they want to do and things that they desire to do. Back in the day, before the 1800’s, women had to be submissive to their male counterparts and do according to what was required of them. In the end, this led to the demeaning of the woman and the concept that women were inferior to men. Even though this concept and perception changed, there have been some countries and regions of the world that have not yet recognized the equality that women deserve. Such areas do not allow women to vote, attend school, have a say in the community, and the women are at the mercy of their husbands, fathers or male superiors (Hartmann, Susan M).
There are many activists who are trying to change the world. Many courageous women express their feelings about how they expect to be treated in society. In the article “All the Single Ladies”, written by Christina Chin, many Malaysian women realize that they do not need men in order to survive in the world. Since most women can now go to school for an education and get a job, these women can lead the world toward giving every women the rights they deserve and toward making society’s expectations for women more just. However, the article indicates that some Malaysian women feel that marriage is an important part of life, perhaps because of their Malaysian society’s expectations that “marriage is required by religion, marriage is for life, [and] divorce must be avoided.” These women want to follow tradition and are content with the expectations that are placed on them. However, many other Malaysian women feel that they are being oppressed and want to “have the right to decide when to marry, to whom, and whether to marry at all.” In other words, they are trying to assert their independence from the unfair expectations of their society and are attempting to free themselves from the oppression of their male dominated society. The article suggests that the strength of some women who are daring enough to boycott and rebel against their society’s
On July 1, 2013, Texas Senator Wendy Davis made a speech at Texas’s State Capitol. She had an audience of about 5,000 people, as she spoke about Women’s Rights and Texan power. In “Stand with Texas Women”, Wendy Davis argues that Texas is all about fairness, so women deserve equal opportunity. Specifically, Davis states that Texas has pushed to be fair, but politicians have been selfish in their careers. Her point is that creating equal opportunity for women will help not only Texan families, but Texas as a whole. She also points out that Texas needs politicians who want what is best for the state and the people. Davis uses her Texas pride as an advantage in her speech. She talks about growing up in Texas and she shows some vulnerability
Women rights movement’s dates back to the nineteenth century as the female gender was seeking to have a place in the society where they have their rights and entitlement fairly given to them. It was instigated by the fact that the male population by making them feel as less beings in the society. This is because they were not entitled to having their views brought out. However, in the 1970’s efforts to secure equal rights for women by eradicating gender discrimination put by institution, laws and various behavioural pattern meet serious activism (Barrett. 2014). The reforms enjoyed currently concerning women empowerment is as a result of all the atrocities that they went through at this time. It is, therefore, evident to say that the challenges faced by women in the 1970’s rights movement gave birth to new opportunities such as coming up with severe laws on gender discrimination, pushed for the Title IX law and defining rape as a crime.
Women are not helpless creatures in a world full of challenges. They are considered role models of families, businesses, and social movements. They are the pillars of feminism. Women are now holders and decision makers of recognized networks, strong figures in the senate and political institutions. However, women are not decision makers in all nations. In specific societies where women empowerment is overruled, there is no major feminist movement prevalent. The theory of an existing hope of unity between women is minimal, but as the idea of “empowerment” unfolds, it inspires women to support their gender. Females have started to fight as one against social misconceptions, labor inequality, and political limitations. It is the concept of women
Women now grow up in a community where their choices can be made by themselves. Women no longer have to seek their father’s or husband input. Still to this day we are treated in certain circumstances as inferior to the male population (Marsden, 2012). Beside this women have come so far because they no longer have no control over their choices, their choices are in their own hand and they are able to do what they wish (Marsden, 2012). For example in class we have talked about the electoral system (Heritz, 2016b). For the longest time only British born men 21 and over were eligible to vote (Heritz, 2016b). Women fought peacefully to get their right to vote so that they could have a say. This relates to Marsden’s novel because she discusses
Today in our generation, much has changed over the years dealing with women’s rights. Women have more rights today than they did back in the early years. Conflict over social values affected the wider political environment and the readiness of institutions to facilitate the movement for equality (Chafe, W, 1978). Some people still believe today that women shouldn’t have a voice. “Empowering women isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do” (Barack Obama). In this paper it examines the equality in voting, sexual harassment, and women equality in not only the workplace, but in their everyday lives.
Indian culture before the transformation of globalization was a male dominated society with very little respect or regard for females. According to India’s constitution, women are legal citizens of the country and have equal rights with men (Indian Parliament), however due to lack of acceptance from the male dominated society; Indian women have suffered immensely prior to globalization (Tripod, n.d.). Indian culture after the transformation of globalization has had an innervation of mass media, most prominent being satellite television bringing images and dialogue from countless other cultures. This global influence has started to turn the tables in the marked sexist roles in Indian culture prior to globalization.
Feminism in India is a set of movements which defining, establishing and defending equal political, economic and social rights and equal opportunities for Indian women. Feminist criticism was not inaugurated until late in the 1960s.Behind it, however lie two centuries of struggle for the recognition of women’s cultural roles and achievements and for women’s social and political rights marked by such books as Mary Wollstone Craft’s A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women (1792), John Stuart Mill’s The Subjection Of Women (1869), and the American Margaret Fuller’s Women in The Nineteenth Century
Unlike the British and American women, Indian women did not face great difficulty in securing franchise. Gandhiji stressed on the need for active participation of the masses during the freedom movement, including women. He encouraged total participation of women resulting in the emergence of a large number of women freedom fighters. Annie Besant, Madame Cama and Sarojini Naidu formed the Women’s Indian Association. But, women still constitute a mere 10% of the legislators in the Parliament and State Assemblies. “According to the 1955 International Parliamentary Union Survey, women hold just 11.7% of all seats in Parliament around the world.” Success at the Panchayat level based on reservations for women convinced women’s organizations that it is the correct time to extend these reservations to the highest levels.