Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Chapter 1 1970’s

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In Chapter 1, the Reading 4, A Day Without Feminism, takes you back to the year 1970 and demonstrates how women had very few rights. It goes on to give many examples of how even in school, men had set roles and women had set roles. In junior high, girls mostly took home ec classes, while boys took automechanics; this is just one example of many that Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards provide in the article. Both men and women were taught to grow up and accept that each had certain roles. The article demonstrates that these roles were defined and had no gray area. Women were to be in the house, cook, clean, tend to the children, and submit to their husbands. The men were to lead and run the household. They were superior to women in every aspect, at home, work, sports, and education. The article as a whole does a great job of showing how different today’s roles of men and women compared to those in 1970 and how they have changed.

I feel the article is biased and I find some of the evidence and examples questionable, but I believe there is a lot of truth to this article. Although more changes could be made, it has made me a appreciate the world I live in today as a woman.


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