Facing Modern Feminism Essay

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What do women face in today’s world? Because of virtually every society’s unjust female treatment since the beginning of time, women have been forced to endure struggles and have been held back by a male – dominant society. Society believes it holds the right to discriminate women in the workplace solely because of their gender. Society believes it hold the right to limit women’s ascension to higher authoritative roles traditionally held by men. What gives men the right to hold women as prizes, to do with what they please? Society’s definition of beauty is such a harsh, gross, disproportion to the extent that females, primarily younger girls, become so self-conscious that they despise the ...view middle of the document...

Black women were ignored completely not because they were women, but because they were black. Black women not only had to battle sexism, they had to battle racist first. This reality is neither right nor just. There are still women in today’s society that struggle through even more boundaries and have to break down larger walls in greater abundance than the white women. These women are the non-white women who make up the rest of the female population. Feminism demands intersectionality in order to include the multitude of races that make up the female population. Intersectionality is the concept used to describe discriminative theories riddled with bigotry and how they are interconnected and cannot be examined or discussed separately from one another. One cannot look at feminism without looking at race, because race undeniably affects the rights of women. This being said, feminism is an intersectional issue battling the double-headed monster of sexism and racism at once. When feminism is viewed in this new light, the words black feminism is spoken. Black feminism takes on not only the rights of white women, but also the rights of black women, which in turn fights for all women of color. Black feminism is the battle of African-American women against the issues of not only gender, but also class and race. The struggle is in the effort to establish the African-American woman as an independent person, who is not dependent on any other person except herself. In an article in the New York Times, Michelle Bachelet, executive director of U.N. Women and a former president of Chile, said, “The biggest challenges everywhere are political participation and economic empowerment – and ending violence against women.” That’s just women in general, but what about black women, what do they have to face. Rolanda Booker’s “Struggle of the Black Women” hits the nail on the head. Booker paints the graphic and grossly realistic picture:
In today’s society black women are portrayed as welfare mothers who have a lot of children out of wedlock. They are portrayed as lazy, man loving, young mothers, who do not care about themselves as much as they care about the men in their lives.
Trying to get a job, while trying to earn a sliver of respect seems nearly impossible with those gross stereotypes that women of color have to overcome while white women do not. In America, only 16% of women hold leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies. This statistic is shocking, but the fact that only 5.1% of those women are...

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