Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

A Day Without Feminism – Baumgardner & Richards

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It’s the year 2011. In the world of feminism, we have made it a very long way in a short amount of time. Only 40 years ago, life for females was a struggle to say the least. Women were judged purely by looks and definitely not by ability. A woman’s day would typically consist of cooking, cleaning, and serving her husband in every way. Nothing more. How in the world was it considered ethical to live that way?

A piece of the article that really struck me was the inequality towards men and women on the job. Today, women are thoroughly encouraged to obtain an education, find a job, and be successful (regardless of whether or not her husband provides sufficiently). In the 1970’s, though, women were employed outside of the home only on rare occasion; the reason only 44% had jobs is because they made only 52 cents to the dollar earned by males. That is outrageous! The same job is performed by two different people, and women are forced to make about half the salary of a man? All I need to say is I am very thankful for feminism.

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