FC: Women in all Their Glory A Multi-Genre Project on the women of the 1920's
1: What does it take to initiate meaningful change? | During the past couple weeks in Ms. Buchholtz class,we have learned about the social restrictions on women in the early 1900's. There has been one theme in all of these pieces, inequality, and it is from that that I have drawn a deep resentment of men. Women did not put themselves in potions of weakness but yet they were grabbed my the arm and forced there. So what did it take to initiate meaningful change? Motivation, motivation is required to change any present situation, and that was not different for the the women.The men provided this motivation, they were living a dream that women wanted to join in on. After that desire struck, they yearned for the laws to be altered in their favor. Before any of the national laws would change, someone drastic adjustments at home needed to be made at home. This change started with the much needed respect from men, and would then then grow from there. This respect included... | Motivation | Respect at home | National change
2: Independence | Men believed women were extremely incapable in the 1912 so they held them back. The women were dragged down by husbands, forced to be in a position of helplessness where they could not express their thoughts. If Mrs. Mallard (in Story of an Hour) had been somewhat independent while married, she would not have had such selfish thoughts while believing her husband was dead. | When Mrs. Mallard thought her husband was dead she was living what the writer of this poem (me:)) imagines. She claims there will be "no powerful will leading hers [now]" and "no one to fye for her" (785 Chopin). Mrs. Mallard is overcome with a bitter joy after her husband is thought to pass, believing she can be independent now, and make a change. The poem is communicating to the reader that author is looking for a sense of independence so she can escape the man holding her back, and so she can be herself.
3: Freedom | Freedom is the philosophy that America was built on, and freedom to be yourself is the most crucial freedom of all. Yet the sexist society held back women from this very natural right. Someone needs to be some what free before they are ready to initiate change because it starts little by little. | The picture l is of a women l who rises above the social restrictions to bee free and change things. The bottom of the picture is black and white and the top is full of color. The bold contrast between the freedom is shown with the use of color
4: Equality | The narrator (most likely named Jane) of Yellow Wallpaper is trapped in her room due to the inequality in America. She is kept inside because of her "sickness", which is (to the readers best guess) just sadness. The room traps her and serves as a literal room that she is trapped in, but also as metaphorical room which keeps her captivated in the cruel lesser position of society. | The spheres that the people are trapped in represent the spheres of influence, public and private. The man is in the public sphere, just jogging along, almost to the finish line. The women on the other hand is trapped, chained down, on her knees, in the private sphere. The finish line represents change, men can continue to change things at there own pace because they are not held back by stereotypes. On the contrary you see women getting no where. Women have to be allowed in the public sphere before they could get to the finish line.
5: Support | Charlotte Gilman wrote a terrifically terrifying story of a women who goes stir crazy due to doctors who say she should stay locked up in her room. It would of been out of place during the 1890's for her husband to deny the doctors and support his wife, but this is what she needed. | My wonderful models attempted to show the support needed in a relationship that is trying to be different. In most relationships, it was not important for the man to support the women, just vice versa. But if a women is going to make any changes, she will need a dedicated support group that motivates her. The man in this picture looks a little unsure of the change but still smiles along because he knows the his wife is happy.