Women Then and Now: Same as it Ever Was

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1. The Lazy Spinner

1.1. Whenever her husband gave her something to spin, she never finished it, and whatever she did spin, she didn’t wind it, but left it tangled on the bobbin. If her husband scolded her, she used her quick tongue and said, “How can I wind the yarn if I don’t have a reel? You go into the forest first and fetch me one.” (42.)

1.1.1. Wollstonecraft would have had an issue with this story because it is condescending and paternalistic.

1.1.2. I find it interesting that this story was of a wife being lazy and not about the husband. It makes sense that he chose to make it the wife considering the time period this was written in.

1.1.2.1. Similar to the Bible story of Adam and Eve, Eve is the one who gets all the blame and Adam doesn't get nearly the amount, Adam is the victim of her temptress ways. He does not have to take any responsibility of his own actions/decisions.

1.1.3. I believe Wollstonecraft would have agreed with the wife's choices to not do what her husband was ordering her to do.

2. Vindication of the Rights of Women

2.1. “What acquirement exalts one being above another? Virtue; we spontaneously reply...Consequently, the perfection of our nature and capability of happiness, must be estimated by the degree of reason, virtue, and knowledge, that distinguish the individual, and direct the laws which bind society: and that from the exercise of reason, knowledge and virtue naturally flow, is equally undeniable, if mankind be viewed collectively”(Wollstonecraft pages 15-16).

2.1.1. “The rights and duties of man thus simplified, it seems almost impertinent to attempt to illustrate truths that appear so incontrovertible: yet such deeply rooted prejudices have a clouded reason, and such spurious qualities have assumed the name of virtues, that it is necessary to pursue the course of reason as it has been perplexed and involved in error, by various adventitious circumstances, comparing the simple axiom with casual deviations”(Wollstonecraft 1791)

2.2. Wollstonecraft is quoted by many feminists. She never calls herself a feminist because she just believes in the idea of equality among genders.

3. Ways in Which Women Have Been Unequally Treated

3.1. Defunding Planned Parenthood which includes... "contraception and other reproductive health care services, tests for sexually transmitted diseases, and primary care"Defunding Planned Parenthood—The Stakes for America’s Women

3.1.1. No women have ever been the President or Vice President of the United States. Very few women have been world leaders through the course of time. The International Women's Movement and Women's Political Representation, 1893–2003 - Pamela Paxton, Melanie M. Hughes, Jennifer L. Green, 2006

3.1.1.1. Women and men have long been compared and not considered to fulfill the same roles in the work force because of their "different" skill sets but what it really comes down to is occupational segregation. Job Search and the Occupational Segregation of Women

3.1.1.1.1. Sexual harassment is not specific to one gender but there is an extreme discrepancy between how much sexual harassment women face on a regular basis. Changed Women and Changed Organizations: Consequences of and Coping with Sexual Harassment

4. Women Who Have Defied the Odds

4.1. A young girl named Malala who was fighting for her right to be educated the same as men was shot for it.https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=U70sgPyfjDAC&oi=fnd&pg=PT7&dq=Malala+Yousafzai&ots=ok-fVwPcYs&sig=SxX4wSbxF0i4bZ94QNYL3z_BkBw#v=onepage&q&f=false

4.1.1. Queen Elizabeth I , was a ruler of arguably the most powerful country in the world at the time. When she was born her father, Henry VIII was massively disappointed she was not a boy. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=nrKEBAAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=queen+Elizabeth+I&ots=CkjHC6rUCC&sig=kYqnOThrPCO8-n1OSGwP3W1aOBo#v=onepage&q&f=false

4.1.1.1. Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state under Barack Obama. She later ran for president and won the popular vote in the 2016 election. https://www.google.com/books/edition/What_Happened/UjAIDgAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=hillary+clinton&printsec=frontcover

4.1.1.1.1. Nancy Pelosi was and is the first woman Speaker of the House. She is third to become president if anything happens to the President and Vice President. See Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Sarah Palin Run? Party, Ideology, and the Influence of Female Role Models on Young Women - Mack Mariani, Bryan W. Marshall, A. Lanethea Mathews-Schultz, 2015

5. Wage Gap

5.1. Women have statistically always been paid less then men and this is something that still holds true. Working for the Woman? Female Managers and the Gender Wage Gap - Philip N. Cohen, Matt L. Huffman, 2007

5.1.1. Separate and Unequal: Occupation-Establishment Sex Segregation and the Gender Wage Gap | American Journal of Sociology: Vol 101, No 2

6. Hard Fought Victories

6.1. Women were not allowed to vote until 1920 in the United States and in some countries they are still unable to..https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=9K-IAgAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=suffrage+movement&ots=f0Al1hSUcx&sig=u_VHDtAJuaxh2ZPiZ6gK-C9vfOo#v=onepage&q=suffrage%20movement&f=false

6.2. Women were not given or allowed the opportunity to educate themselves for most of history. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=1Q1NQf-FgCAC&oi=fnd&pg=PR9&dq=women+gaining+the+right+to+be+educated&ots=gNZUQJMbxB&sig=R2ReDUsTTEWe9wnrfwvsw-RlfPg#v=onepage&q&f=false

6.3. Women were not able to have their own occupation or make their own money. Any money they had prior to their marriage became their husbands.