Equality For Women Essay

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Laura Bassett, a reporter from the Huffington Post, explains that in today’s society women are paid 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns, resulting in women being paid an average of $37,800 a year compared to men who are paid an average of $49,400 per year in 2012 (Women Still Earned 77 Cents On Men's Dollar In 2012: Report). Also, when a man and a woman apply for the same job, the man will almost always be chosen. This has resulted in the amount of full-time working males increasing by 1 million within a years time, and the number for full-time working women remained nearly the same. To this day, females are not treated equally to males even though almost a century has gone by from ...view middle of the document...

The women used this quote to show that the founding fathers believed in equal rights for women, which persuaded many men into believing as well. This quote also contributed to persuading the President Wilson to sign the 19th Amendment and give women suffrage rights. Therefore, the power of words and persuading has granted women their suffrage rights and other unalienable rights throughout America’s history.
Even though women sustain an increased number of rights now, feminists are still fighting for a woman’s right to a job and the fact that most women are not accepted for a job because a man also applied for it. In the book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman the author Mary Wollstonecraft states, “I do not wish them [women] to have power over men: but over themselves”. This quote means that women do not want to be considered greater than man, that is not what they are fighting for. Instead, women want to finally be treated as equal to men after all of these years because truly almost nothing has changed. Gloria Steinman, a feminist, has been recently working on visiting conferences to hear what the President plans to do for women’s rights. She states that, “Obama understands and supports gender equality” (Steinman). Most men do support gender equality and yet there is still a flaw in the system that makes men choose men for a job and pay men more than women. President Obama has enforced that women must be paid equally to men, but this does not prove that all employers will. Furthermore, it does not prove that employers will stop declining women of jobs or promoting men and not women so that women are still being paid less. In the end although women’s rights are still posing conflicting issues, much is being done to grant women the rights they deserve yet there are ways to avoid and not acknowledge those rights
As stated previously the novel The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd displays the theme of women’s rights in the way that the book is set in the south back when African Americans gained the right to vote. The protagonist’s caretaker named Rosaleen kept it a secret that...

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