The Women 's Rights Movement Essay

863 Words Apr 14th, 2016 4 Pages
From the Women’s Rights Movement, to today’s college campuses, women have been expressing their feelings towards the issue of sexism through writing. Sexism has left women feeling weak, unimportant, and worthless. However, writers have managed to use their craft to call out the sexist acts around them and bring awareness to the tough topic. Today, women continue to speak out against sexism, trying to finish the work of those that came before them.
1851, Sojourner Truth delivered a passionate speech titled, “Ain’t I a Woman?”, that possessed a message of sexism. “That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and have to have the best place everywhere” (Truth). Truth gets people to think about how differently women are treated than men. Women are seen as weak and incapable of doing what a man can. They are dainty and fragile; they need to be kept clean and pretty. Truth goes on to explain how black women are not treated the same as white women. They are expected to perform hard acts of manual labor, yet white women cannot simply step into a carriage by themselves. There is no reason to believe one woman cannot do the same as another because their skin is a different color. All women should be seen as strong and capable.
During the turn of the 20th century, women were still seen as dainty and fragile. Their purpose: entertain the men. The novel, The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton, contains several characters which represent…

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