On the Subjection of Women

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Struggle For Equality

Throughout history Women have been subjected to cruel and unfair treatment

in an inequal society designed to oppress the physically inferior woman. Men's

superior strength has too often debacled a woman's ability to strive for success

and reach one's full potential. A man's strength is an insufficient reason to

suppress the powerful voice, and intellect of women. Throughout their struggle

for equality, being oppressed, women have shown that they have the drive to

perservere and come out on top in an unjust society.

John Stuart Mill's work "On The Subjection of Women" tells the story or how

bad it was for woman in his time (1869), women were slaves of men;

they had no property rights; so far as the law was concerned (except under rare

circumstances) everything a woman owned really belonged to her husband; if she

inherited anything, for example, that inheritance immediately became the property

of the husband. In some ways women were even in a worse position than slaves;

slaves had somewhere to go after their work was done which they could call their

own Mill's response to all this is to urge a new principle of equality of the sexes;

that also means freedom for women, at least to the same extent as men have

freedom in society, since the principle includes equality of power. In 1869

women had little opportunity for success, but this was all in 1869. In today's

society women have the same opportunities as men. If they have the intellectual

prowess, and desire, a woman today can reach her full potential.

In the 21st century women determine the outcome of their endeavors. Their

potential for greatness is not suppressed as it was in John Stuart Mill's time. In

the present state of affairs women are not brought up to serve the men. They are

not brought up to be the exact opposite of men. They are brought up to...
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