Feminism And Gender Equality In The 1990's



Overall, the rights and status of women have improved considerably in the
last century; however, gender equality has recently been threatened within
the last decade. Blatantly sexist laws and practices are slowly being
eliminated while social perceptions of "women's roles" continue to
stagnate and even degrade back to traditional ideals. It is these social
perceptions that challenge the evolution of women as equal on all levels.
In this study, I will argue that subtle and blatant sexism continues to
exist throughout educational, economic, professional and legal arenas.

Women who carefully follow their expected roles may never recognize
sexism as an oppressive force in their life. I ...

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of a story in McCall's in December 1949 called "A
Weekend with Daddy." A little girl who lives a lonely life with her mother,
divorced, an intellectual know-it-all psychologist, goes to the country to
spend a weekend with her father and his new wife, who is wholesome, happy,
and a good cook and gardener. And there is love and laughter and growing
flowers and hot clams and a gourmet cheese omelet and square dancing, and
she doesn't want to go home. But, pitying her poor mother typing away all
by herself in the lonesome apartment, she keeps her guilty secret that
from now on she will be living for the moments when she can escape to that
dream home in the country where they know "what life is all about." (See
Endnote #1)

I have often consulted my grandparents about their experiences, and I
find their historical perspective enlightening. My grandmother was
pregnant with her third child in 1949. Her work experience included:
interior design and modeling women's clothes for the Sears ...

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Psychological harm may be imminent. Mental
and physical health may be taxed by child care. There is also a distress,
for all concerned, associated with the unwanted child, and there is the
problem of bringing a child into a family already unable, psychologically
and otherwise, to care for it. In other cases, as in this one, the
additional difficulties and continuing stigma of unwed motherhood may be
involved. (See Endnote #2)

I feel the court decision of Roe v. Wade would not have been made in 1949.
Even in 1973, it was a progressive decision. The problem of abortion has
existed for the entire history of this country (and beyond), but had never
been addressed because discussing ...

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