Women In The 1990's Essay

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Women in the 1990's

In today’s technological society it is hard to imagine that trivial things from the past like discrimination or prejudice are still present, but they are. Yes we still have racism, but for the most part this is only a problem of the less educated and vocal minority. There is a different prejudice that is deep rooted in this land of freedom and prosperity. This prejudice is sexism.

The basic definition of sexism is when a person of either sex is discriminated against in any way based on their gender. But history has recorded that men, usual in every society in this world, have always been the dominant sex and women have taken a lower role. This has been especially true in the United States throughout its history. Women always seemed to be the one who took care of the children and home as the men went to work and earned a living. Women do not have the choice to give birth to children, but they should have a choice in whether they are the primary care givers to that child. Betty Friedan, a well-known feminist, writes, “We are still very mother-centered. It’s still ‘mother, mother, mother,’ when it really should be ‘mother, father, society.’”1 What she means by this is that society still has not overcome the discriminatory thought that the mother should not work and stay home with the kids.

Although this is very deep rooted, women in today’s society are making advancements, in part because of the efforts of Betty Friedan. Friedan wrote the Feminist Mystique, a book about women's roles in society in the 1950's. This book is often reviered as the most influential piece of women's rights which sparked the movement for change. In 1966, Friedan cofounded a organization called NOW, and was named the president. Such feminist groups like NOW, the National Organization for Women, and The Feminist Majority Foundation are paving the way to gender equality into the twenty-first century. These multi-million dollar organizations have the ability to reach more people in today’s society than ever before. With the new information age blooming in the nineties, these organizations have reached out to millions of people and brought the issue of gender equality to the forefront. By having this new ability brought about by the information age, more people today are getting involved with the fight.

Not only do these groups have the ability to spread their message, they also have to ability to lobby lawmakers. Both of these groups have their own lobbyists and PAC’s in both...

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