Feb. 19th, 2013
Women Studies 200
Gender Equality Stalled Response
In the article, "Why Gender Equality Stalled", it expresses how women were able to create equality between men and women even though it took many years to progress. The article focuses mostly on how feminists were able to transform the attitudes of women in society. The article celebrates the 50th anniversary of "The Feminine Mystique" which was a best seller that fired up women to start movements for equal oppurtunities. After reading the article I think Americans responded to Betty Fredan's book the way they did because it gave them an image of a different way of life that bettered people who were of the same sex as them. After people read "The Feminine Mystique" I think women were able to visualize a realistic hope for a life that was full of more oppurtunities.
About a half-century ago when this article was written most women believed main "family" decisions should be made by the head male of the household. The article provided factual information such as surveys they asked women fifty years ago and compared the answers to how most women would answer those same questions in our modern day world. It was shown in surveys that were done decades ago that the majority of women had the same opinions on things such as important household decisions and duties. I believe most women answered the survey based on their current knowledge of women's roles in society. Women who filled out the surgery probably answered most of the questions based on their knowledge of what life was like for females based on what they knew instead of thinking about it from another viewpoint. Brave Feminists began to look at the way females should be treated rather then the way they were being treated during the current time period.
Women personally were used to being underprivileged compared to men because it was that way for their early generations and was thought to be the correct...