Women Deserve the Same Rights as Men
From the beginning of time, females have played a powerful role in the shaping of this world. They have stood by idly and watched as this country moved on without them, and yet they have demanded equal rights as the nation rolls along. Through the years the common belief has been that women could not perform as well as men in anything, but over the years that belief has been proven wrong time and time again. So as time marches on, women have clawed and fought their way up the ladder to gain much needed equal respect from the opposite sex. However, after many years of pain and suffering, the battle for equal rights has not yet been won. Since women have fought for a long time and proven their importance in society, they deserve the same rights as men.
Before women can prove they too deserve the same rights as men, they must first put to rest the myths and beliefs of their status in this country. This myth of the female status in the United States, and in most other places in the world, has always been the same. It is the belief that women should be in the kitchen, taking care of the kids, and the house, amongst other beliefs. However, in today's society, this is considered ludicrous. For instance, in her essay, 'Ain't I a Woman?' Sojourner Truth delivers a powerful message and addresses the issues of women in the society. She argues that women should have equal rights, because they can do the same things as men. For example she says, ?That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place anywhere. Nobody helps me into no carriages, or over no mud puddles, or gives me any best place? (348). She, then, continues by measuring herself to any man, saying, ?I have plowed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me?I could work as much and eat as much as a man if I can get it?and bear the lash as well?(348). Truth?s attitudes, towards her equality standards to men, are very similar to the struggles that are faced by women today, trying to compete in a society that is believed to give the males all the advantages.
It is almost strange that here in the same country where women are treated nearly as second class citizens, the United States Declaration of Independence states that ?All men are created equal.? If this is so, then, why is there an imbalance in the equality level between men and women? Why have women been downgraded, and in some places still are downgraded, as second-class citizens? How can women who have created the great men and in some cases great women, be considered on the lower level of the battle for equality? Adrienne Rich states in her essay, ?What Does a Woman Need to Know,? exactly what she feels is important in women gaining equality in society, as well as, what is needed for a woman to have respect for herself. She states:
She needs a knowledge of her own...