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“The Problem”

.::. April 2011 .::. American Lit. II .::. Abigail Morris .::.

The “Problem”

            In the 1920s the fight for women’s rights made the journey from England to America. The women of both nations had begun raising their voices in determined, resentful, and angry tones. They had suffered more than enough through their place near the bottom of “civilized” society.  A male child held a higher value than his oppressed mother because he could at least become something in life. Women had to fight tradition, narrow-mindedness, and even religion to gain the vote, a right to higher education, any sense of gender equality, and enough freedom to finally discover who they were rather than being stuck with what they were—mother, wife, daughter. The onset of World War II eased the pain of daily life for many women who found themselves having to pick up the pieces of a nation suddenly emptied of its male workforce. The women were finally able to pursue non-domestic occupations without fear or regret. However, once the war had ended and the remaining men returned stateside the women were forced back into the homes they had only just escaped from. Continue reading