The women's movement proved to be powerful and had a great impact. The successes of each individual shows that they had many supporters, both male and female. Women's rights leader's views reflected ideas of women being just as strong as men, and that they too should have that same rights as them. They also worked to change society's veiws of women and also the way women view themselves. Many of them became public speakers, wrote books, recieved awards, and gained a lot of positive publicity proving to make a large impact on American society.
Although I had some knowledge of the women’s movement before starting this project, I was still amazed at how much these women influenced the laws and ideas of Americans as a whole. Through their writing, speeches, and protests; the women were able to convince the American people that women deserve equality. For example, Carol Gilligan showed that despite differences in behavior, women are not inferior to men. She worked agains the common belief to change the views of the people around her. The people who took part in the women's movement were inspirational in not only their beliefs but also their actions.
Through this project, I learned about the Women's Movement more in-depth. I knew the basic goals and principles of the movement, but I didn't know about specific people who were involved and how passionate they were. The individuals our group explored in this project represent the movement from different perspectives, but they all had the common goal of making the nation realize that women are no lesser than men, and that they should have the same opportunities. Also, through this project and this unit, I learned how hard it was to make change happen. We always hear about how things have changed, but until this project I hadn't seen how much actually oppression there was, and how much resistance there was in each movement. It took a lot to make people see that women should be equal to men, and that is still a goal today. Hopefully one day women will be equal to men in many ways, and this problem won't be an issue anymore.
We all think we "know" about the women's movement but when it comes down to it we know very little. I had no idea the strong women that helped get this movement going. I did not realize the fire that was started in American households and in colleges full of women who wanted to live a different life. The cookie cutter picture of the perfect women. housewife and mother was finally destroyed. I must say I am so happy it did. I can not imagine leading a life that did not make me fully satisfied and happy at the end of the day. Women deserve to be equal to men in every aspect of life. Is there really a justified reason why we are not? In my opinion; no. Women then and now deserve everything that men have always had just because they were born as a male. This movement opened my eyes to problems that are still continuing today in the modern world. I really hope women continue to step and speak out to fight for what they deserve.