Feminism: Women’s Rights
“Feminist criticism has its roots in a social and political movement, the feminist or women’s liberation movement, aimed at improving conditions for women” (Foss, 2004, p.151). The history of Women’s rights goes further back than what is actually recorded. The definition of women’s right is sometimes hard to articulate. “It is the equal opportunity concept: everyone has an equal opportunity to offer a definition of hopes that her or his particular perception of the situation will prevail” (Stetson, 2004, p.1). Women rights activist not only fight for the equality of women, but for children and men as well. Therefore, women’s rights are also human rights. “The concept of rights implies that the status of women has both legitimacy conferred by government action and value as public good” (Stetson, 2004, p.1). For my artifact, I choose a speech by Hillary Clinton. The speech is called “Women’s Rights are Human Rights”. This speech was given in Beijing, China at the 4th World Conference for Women. Although the majority of feminist issues are considered to be social and political; Clinton spoke about issues among women that are not talked about. She stated, “The issues that matter most are the lives of women and their families: access to education, healthcare, jobs and credit, the chance to enjoy basic legal and human rights and to participate fully in the political life of our countries.” This famous speech was not targeted for women only in the United States, but for women all over the world. She spoke about issues of women and poverty, the education and training for women, women’s health, violence against women, power and decision-making for women, the advance of women, human rights of women, and women in the media. “What we are learning around the world is that if women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish. And...
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Clinton, H. (1995) Women’s Rights are Human Rights Famous Speech. Delivered September 5,
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Stetson-McBride, D (2004). Women’s Right is the USA: policy debates and gender roles. (3rd ed)
New York: Routledge.
Dubois, D.C. (1998). Women’s suffrage and Women’s rights. (1st ed.) New York: New York
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