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Gender Roles Timeline

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Rachel Pilkay

on 19 May 2013

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by Rachel Pilkay 1872 1912 1916 August 18, 1920 Prejudice of almost any kind is looked down upon, but discrimination based on gender is often overlooked. This is because many people accept it even in today's world. While things are progressing in a positive direction, they are moving slowly. Many women also wish to completely switch roles with men and view them as the "weaker sex", but this helps no one. Women living with their "oppressors" may not be a bad thing. It could help women gain sympathy for their cause and change men's minds about traditional gender roles. Congress gives women federal employes the same pay for their work Women's suffrage is backed by a political party for the first time (Bull Moose Party) Jeanette Ranking is chosen to be the first woman to serve in the House of Representatives The 19th Amendment is passed, allowing women to vote in all nationwide. "Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their oppressors." -Evelyn Cunningham (1916-2010) Gender Roles in America This statement is surprising considering that is was spoken by a man. Most men who support feminism are willing for women to be considered equal with men, but in no ways better or more powerful. A reversal of roles would only cause men to fight for their rights. They would have every reason to do this. In this case, ambition is not a positive thing. People who are too ambitious may give people a cause to keep women in their traditional gender roles rather than turn to more radical ideas. "Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition." -Timothy Leary (1920-1996) Kissinger's idea follows closely with Cunningham's views. If equality were ever achieved, it would be a brief victory. The scales would tip in one way or another. Because men and women are so close, whether in good or bad relationships, it is a hard time viewing gender objectively. People often insult individuals by insulting a larger group that they are associated with, like their sex. According to Kissinger, everyone should be very aware of the connections they have with the opposite sex if they wish to achieve equality. "Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy." -Henry Kissinger (1923-present) Because of the way people are raise and see the world around them, there is a natural tendency to follow the way other people act and talk. This includes playing into gender stereotypes. Girls often have to work twice as hard to be taken seriously in a professional setting. Whether people realize it or not, the world has trained them to have prejudices against women's abilities. It is something that very few women have overcome. "The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, 'It's a girl.'" -Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) 1933 Francis Perkins becomes the first woman to be a part of the president's cabinet Dworkin compares women's traditional gender roles to a time when people believed the earth was flat because they did not know any better. There was no proof that the earth was round, so why should they believe in something with no evidence. Dworkin believes that people may one day find the proof they need to know that women are as capable as men in all aspects, but that time has not yet come. Women will most likely not be the ones to start this revolutionary idea because they are taught not to have radical ideas. Once a man or a group of men enforce this idea, it may take hold and be explored further. "Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge." -Andrea Dworkin (1946-2005) 1963 Equal Pay Act is passed
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