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I chose the two papers for the high mindedness of the writers and for the subject matters relating to aspects of the empowerment of women and the advancement of women’s causes. An underlying theme or thread in the two works is that women are both intellectually and morally capable to secure an equal place in society with men, not only in matters of economics and such things as the right to property as well as relations with men, but also in important political aspects, such as suffrage. In other words both argue for the securing of the various rights of women, as they pertain to being equal to men in those fundamental huiman rights. The thinking of course is that at the time of their writing the two works reflect imbalances and injustices in the way these rights are recognized along gender rights, with women’s rights not recognized in the same degree as men’s rights, if at all (Fuller; May).
This document was written by Margaret Fuller, who was considered a feminist, and bright and intellectual enough to be in the company of the Transcendentalists. In a way she was writing the piece for both the Transcendalists and the general society, in hopes of addressing the systemic discrimination against women in society and the denial of their inherent rights as human beings, in parity with the men (Fuller)..
The first major point in the article is with regard to the conditions that women found themselves in, which is basically akin to slavery, in that they are unable to hold property, and are dependent on their husbands for whatever they get even when widowed. This, even as women are abused by vicious men, and made to suffer while the men live off their labors and their love like parasites. Fuller asserts too, that she is a slave in other ways, but this first point sets the stage for the airing of grievances so to speak, and by way of arguing for the recognition of the wider
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The author states that state-ordained and state-prohibited dress-codes regarding Islamic head scarves in countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran, and France and Turkey, respectively, are an assault on women’s rights. A woman has the legal right to choose to wear whatever she wants to. It is a matter of her personal choice to retain or not her identity.
Wollstonecraft’s Arguments for Women’s Rights Mary Wollstonecraft was an 18th century writer and philosopher who is most recognized as an early advocate of women’s rights. Her work expands a broad variety of categories, yet her work on women’s rights is perhaps the most notable to contemporary readers as it foregrounded many aspects of later Civil Rights and feminist movements.
The Extent of Women's Rights Vindication by the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century. Mary Wollstonecraft is regarded as one of the pioneers of the feminist thought, which she clearly brought out in her 1792 book, A vindication of the Rights of Woman. Her book helped to raise issues that women experienced in society and bring them up for discussion in the open.
Men and women were immediately put into 'separate spheres', with men being the ones with 'skill', who were supposed to work and provide for the family, while women were the 'nurturers', and were expected to stay home and be the perfect wife and mother.
Times have changed drastically since then in countries such as the United States, yet women's rights and liberations have not come nearly as far for women living in the Middle East.
It is also noted that one and half million Afghans have been victims of the war fallout, whereas nearly five million had been forced into refugee camps set up in Iran and Pakistan. Consequently, majority of those presently living in Afghanistan have been internally displaced as result of the unending war of the past two decades and in particular of the fundamentalist in-fighting from 1992-96.
In the early part of last century, however, women appeared in all countries who claimed the right of their sex to participate in the government of democratic countries. The period 1900 to 1918 was remarked as the “Age of Social Reform” as in this period the country was changing from agrarian to an urban society.
Even though the process was gradual, the lives of women in the Middle East, particularly Iraq, including Jewish women, were substantially affected by this new beginning (Wolfowitz, 2004).
This revitalization of Babylonian Jewry started with
I want to prove that women are worthy. Women are the backbone of this nation, and should be treated with the respect and integrity they deserve.
Women are capable of decisions that can transform this nation and take it to