Women's roles in society were different in the past than they are today.Traditionally, women were to raise their children and take care of the home. Since then, women roles have changed. Today, women are in all fields of the workplace and they have today more power and equality now than they did in the past (Sandberg 50). However, the world is still not completely equal for women are not paid the same, they do not have an equal representation in the workplace, and they are held back by gender boundaries. Hillary Clinton, Beyoncé Knowles, and Sheryl Sandberg all exemplify how women can gain power and equality in the 21st Century by demanding power, respect, equality, breaking gender stereotypes and symbolizing female independence.
Each of these powerful women rose to fame in different ways. A Yale graduate, Hillary Clinton, became First Lady of the United States in 1993 (Stacey 41). Subsequently, she was elected Senator in 2001 (Bernstein 6). Clinton then ran for president in 2008 and became Secretary of State (Traister 3, 293). Beyonce Knowles has been into music from a child, and joined a girl group, Girls Tyme at a young age (Arenofsky vix). This group later became Destiny's Child, which grew to fame and earned several awards (Arenofsky vix). The group broke up in 2004, and Beyoncé started her solo career which has been very successful (Arenofsky vix). Sheryl Sandberg, has been in the business side of the workplace since she graduated from Harvard (Slaughter). She has had several jobs: research assistant to Lawrence Summers at the World Bank, management consultant at McKinsey, chief of staff to Summers at the Treasury Department, at Google, she rose to the post of vice president of global online sales and operations (Slaughter). Since 2008, Sandburg has worked at Facebook as the chief operating officer (Slaughter).
Hillary Clinton changed the United States' view on a First Lady's role when she significantly contributed to her husband's power as president. Clinton demanded having an office “not in the “social” East Wing” where other first ladies had consistently chosen, “but in the West Wing” of the White House (Stacey 103) (Bernstein 218). Hillary Clinton’s power is exemplified here because she was the first, President's wife to make this change, and it also represents the respect she demanded. Hillary Clinton was not only First Lady during her husband’s presidency, but head of Task HealthCare Force. Clinton’s health care reform showed her “intellect, dedication, and ability to grasp the entirety of a huge policy debate” (Bernstein 285). Hillary Clinton knows an abundance on healthcare, which was reflected in her health care reform. Also, her power was shown because of her capability to grasp this debate. Clinton not only changed the United States, as Senator too.
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