The Evolution of Women in Society Analytical Essay by Nicky

A synopsis of the way women have evolved from the time of the Women's Movement in the late 1960s and 1970s to the present day.
# 145257 | 1,845 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 31, 2010 in History (U.S. Post-Modern 1965-Present) , Women Studies (General)


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This paper explores the evolution of women in society and analyzes the progress women have made from the time of the Women's Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s when the Equal Pay Act passed; Betty Friedan published her earth-shattering book The Feminine Mystique, to the current status women hold in society. The paper discusses the facts that, although there have been great strides towards a more liberated and equal presence in society for women, women still fall behind men in the math and sciences and the pay gap between men and women continues to exist. Additionally, this paper concludes that, such differences remain, because under the "visible" parameters of statements such as "equal pay for equal work" and professed efforts to enhance mathematics for female students, exists an invisible distinction between the genders. It is only by eliminating this dual-identity that women and men can be themselves and live, as Simone de Beauvoir notes, in harmony.

From the Paper:

"During the Women's Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s when the equal pay act passed, Betty Friedan published her earth-shattering book The Feminine Mystique, organizations created battered women's shelters and rape crisis lines, and the National Organization of Women was formed and women felt totally liberated and exhilarated. In the future, they would be able to be on equal footing with men and achieve everything and anything they wanted. Now, four decades later, it is easy to see that progress has been made, but only to a certain extent. Women still fall behind men in the math and sciences, the pay gap between men and women continues to exist, and females yet have this dual-identity--just go into any toy store and compare the boys and girls toys. Such differences remain, because under the "visible" parameters of statements such as "equal pay for equal work" and professed efforts to enhance mathematics for female students, exists an invisible distinction between the genders. It is only by eliminating this dual-identity that women and men can be themselves and live, as Simone de Beauvoir notes, in harmony."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Davis, James Allan, Tom W. Smith, and Peter V. Marsden. General Social Surveys, 1972-2004:Chicago, IL: National Opinion Research Center, 2004.
  • Figes, Kate. "Who are you calling a bitch?" 16 January 2007. Guardian 12 December, 2008.http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jan/26/gender.society
  • Feminist Majority Foundation. 12 December, 2007 http://feminist.org/research/business/ewb_fem.html
  • Laing, R.D. The Divided Self. Harmondsworth, Eng.: Penguin Books, 1965.
  • Lerner, Gerder. "Religion and the Creation of Feminist Consciousness." 6 November 2007

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