Women's Rights

Topics: Black feminism, Feminism, White people Pages: 2 (727 words) Published: February 4, 2013
The N.O.W. (National Organization for Women) Bill of Rights, written in 1968, perfectly matches everything the feminist movement had been hoping to achieve until that point. Some of the points N.O.W. was making and asking for was employment rights, in regards to maternity leave and return, removing laws that limited access to abortion and contraception codes (reproductive rights), publically funded day cares (child care rights), property rights, education rights, and education rights. Some of the requests in N.O.W. really surprised me, some of the requests are things that are taken for granted in this modern world. I feel that modern technology and attutudes don't appreciate everything we have, while someone in a third-world country would feel like they are in heaven in the U.S. For example in some cultures women are not educated but here [in the U.S.] women choose to drop out of school. It really upsets me that people have worked hard and struggled to make our lives easier and some people take that for granted.

Audre Lorde's "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House, expressed her personal problems about the feminist movement. Lorde's title defines her arguement perfectly, which is that white women in the feminist movement excluded many women from the cause. The women that were excluded were black, lesbian, and lower class. In my opinion, by doing this, white femenists stopped any sort of progress that could have been made. By excluding thier fellow "sisters," they inturn reinforeced the probelms they were trying to conquer. White women wanted to fight for their rights and wanted to gain power, but when growing they excluded large groups of women making them unable to break the sexist system because they were doing it within their own group. They needed to learn that patriarchy cannot fight patriarchy.

In the "S.C.U.M. Manifesto" by Valerie Solanas was a work critisizing the male population. Solanas said that S.C.U.M. was not a...
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