This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Power Of Women Essay

1363 words - 6 pages

Women have found power in a variety of ways though out history in their struggle towards justice and equality. Though personal power can take many forms this paper will primarily focus on power found through gender solidarity, class issues, race or sexuality. I intend to examine the ways in which three different women, of different races and times in history, were able to find such power resulting in a positive change to either their own lives or the lives of others. Those women are: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eleanor Roosevelt and Melba Beals.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton found power through gender solidarity. She was a true feminist concerned with not just suffrage but total equality for the ...view middle of the document...

After helping her husband to get elected into the office of President of the United States, she fundamentally transformed the role of the first lady. Where her predecessors were content to stay behind the scenes and tend to domestic matters, she was not. Roosevelt spoke out for an abundance of causes including women’s rights, poverty, discrimination, children’s issues and foreign affairs. Being the President’s wife came with certain privileges and she utilized them on several occasions to further her agendas. According to an article in Women’s America “ER increasingly bypassed State Department restrictions; she worked, often covertly, with private groups and individuals. She campaigned for a less restrictive refugee policy, pursed visas for individuals, and answered and passed on to government officials every appeal sent to her” (Kerber 532). Being of the highest possible social class, Roosevelt found power in her status and leveraged it to further her own itinerary.
Selecting from only the above mentioned forms of personal power, I must argue that Melba Beals found power threw race. She used her race, or at least attempted to, to gain equal access to a higher quality of education and educational resources. The white students also used their race to gain access to such an education. The difference was that the white students were born with the skin color that came with those opportunities. This was their white privilege. If all students, regardless of race, were provided the option to attend either the prestigious Central High School or the impoverished Horace Mann High School, it is likely that none of them would have chosen to go the latter. Unfortunately, race was a factor and the white students were assigned the better of the two opportunities based solely on their skin color. Beals was not born with such privilege. Her skin color assigned her to the lesser of the two educational opportunities. When the prospect came for her to gain access to the esteemed education she so desired based primarily on her race she took advantage of the opportunity. When the schools were closed and it became evident that they would not reopen, her access to the better educational opportunity was closed as well. From this, a new prospect arose for her to relocate to California for another chance at a better life. This opportunity would have never presented itself if she had never changed schools. All of her future successes were a result of her decision to take advantage of one unlikely opportunity: to use her skin color to her advantage in the pursuit of equality.
I would also argue that Melba Beals real power is found in her strength, positive attitude and perseverance. Beal lived through and witnessed countless unrelenting hardships and acts of racism – which is something Stanton and Roosevelt did not have to endure as they were white women. Although Beals family lived in a legally segregated town, Beals was quick to learn that injustice was all around her...

Find Another Essay On Power Of Women

Power of the Media on Young Women

743 words - 3 pages deeply flawed, ashamed of their needs, and not entitled to exist unless they transform themselves into worthy new selves.” She argues that females learn to find self-satisfaction and significance through the sustenance of others and often ignoring their own desires and necessities. If there is any doubt about the power of the media, consider the effect of television on the young women of the Fiji Islands. Ideals of beauty vary from culture to

Real Strong Women: Women of Power in the Ancient Works

2235 words - 9 pages From the role of the wily seductress, to the submissive housewife, to the raging warrior, women were a focal point of Ancient Greek works. Although they are often looked over and considered, the roles they played in their culture were undeniably important. Women may have been thought to have far less worth than a man, however, their undeniable power and influence in Greek society cannot be overlooked. The substantial position they held is

The Power of Women in Death of a Salesman

860 words - 3 pages In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, there are several female characters. Linda Loman is a loyal and nurturing wife and mother and is the person who holds the family together. The other women in the play are wanton and pull the Loman family apart. Both types of women in the play hold a position of power over the pitiful men, whether it is as a matriarch or a whore. Willy, Biff, and Happy Loman all have a common weakness: lack of

Power of Women in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

980 words - 4 pages Power of Women in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart     The novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a commanding account about the rise and fall of an African tribe. The powerful narrative depicts the life and customs of the people and how they change through the years. Theere are many different ideas and characters that are preseneted throughout the novel. The depiction of women is one aspect that is of extreme relevance. It can be shown

A Correlation Between Sexuality, Power, and Gender Inequality of Women

2060 words - 9 pages that being aware of the male sex deficit is central for using your erotic capital to gain social benefits and meet their ends. From her findings, she concludes that men have a propensity to report not being sufficiently sexually satisfied and this impacts their social behaviour in a variety of social situations including the work place. As men possess more structural power than women and are compelled by sexual desire for extensive periods of their

Power Structures of Men and Women in Sports

1002 words - 4 pages Power Structures of Men and Women in Sports As an athlete or a spectator, it is easy to both feel and see the impact sports have on people of both genders. Athletes are able to experience sports personally, while spectators usually experience sports through different channels of mass media. Realizing the effects that the world of athletics has on individuals and society as a whole is vital to the understanding of how sports can positively

Ambiguous Women: The Power of the Female Narrative

3071 words - 12 pages Ambiguous Women: The Power of the Female Narrative I do not wonder that men have always felt threatened by strong women. Male insecurity is manifest in the patriarchal infrastructure of society and its enforcement of gender roles that require female submission to the male model. In her book, Writing a Woman's Life, Caroline Heilbrun quotes Deborah Cameron's sardonic statement, "men can be men only if women are unambiguously women" (16

Feminism and the Power Struggle of Women in Ancient Greece

1393 words - 6 pages Feminism and the power struggle of women in Ancient Greece Women are a very prominent part of the Greek society. Their role has influenced and shaped the Greek society to a very large extent. Women have been shown in many different lights in the Greek works of Odyssey and Iliad which we have covered in our class. The works that I will be citing in this essay, namely Homer’s poems Odyssey and Iliad talk about many prominent women such as Helen

Women´s Knowledge and Power: The Importance of Gaining Support

2030 words - 8 pages It is not possible to be entirely self-sufficient. People need support to do well in society; they need to learn from the mistakes that their predecessors have made, as well as their triumphs. Throughout the interviewing process, as well as the class of Women’s Knowledge and Power, the importance of gaining support, having mentors, and never giving up has become abundantly clear. Without mentors, teachers, and friends the world would be full of

Heroes, Men´s Power of Conviction, and Women´s Beauty

1100 words - 4 pages speaker twists his argument to raise the point that the woman thought of killing this flee, she would lose everything, including her partner. He is saying she will lose nothing by doing this. This flee is a key component in his argument. This poem helps capture a man’s power of conviction when he brings and involves sex into the bedroom with the reader. Works Cited http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/

The Power of Women in Sundiata and The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

861 words - 4 pages these examples men generally have the primary power. However, there is an argument to be made that women, in both Sundiata, and The Romance of Tristan and Iseult have some significant power in their society. In Sundiata the power that women have can be seen as knowledge that is gained through experience, and the craftiness to use this knowledge. Sassouma Berete knows this power of craftiness all too well. When Sogolon is to marry the king

Similar Essays

The Power Of Women Essay

1554 words - 7 pages What is a woman to men? Women are objects of possession to the inferiority of all men. The woman has always been the lower level of power between the two sexes, male and female. In the two books Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and in The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, the power and voice of the women become inferior to the one of the men. The women in both books are able to overpower the men with their own voice, women not only carry

The Rising Power Of Women Essay

2461 words - 10 pages The queens in the Ptolemaic period of Egypt, demonstrate a level of power and influence in royal women that has not been seen before the Hellenistic Age (323 BCE – 30 BCE). The power of Ptolemaic queens reached level of reverence on par with the pharaoh of Egypt, and the queens not only maintained the direction of the Hellenistic Period, but set the fashion for upper-class Alexandrian women (Pomeroy, 1984, 40). The cult worship of these queens

Never Underestimate The Power Of Women

976 words - 4 pages husband's fears" (Alvarez 180). This is a strong example of how women were stuck in limitations of the patriarchy ideals and how disagreement would cause such a big offense that Dede's husband would leave her for it. This society gave men the wrong expectations, that their wives would follow their husbands because the men were suppose to be the dominant ones in the family, therefore, they believed they had more power. Patria on the other hand

The Power Of The Women In Marriage

862 words - 4 pages which would make for a successful marriage. Jane, throughout her novel became resilient, humble, educated and a passionate young women. She had the power to have a successful marriage because she had the ability to speak her mind without allowing anyone to change the way she felt or thought. She was not arrogant or prideful but stood firm in her beliefs. That is the kind of influence these women have portrayed throughout their time. This