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Harrison 1 Ashley Harrison Professor Reilly 11 November 2007 Just Because We Are Women Does Not Mean We Cannot Do It! “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to suc- ceed. If I fail, no one will say, She doesn't have what it takes. They will say, Women don't have what it takes"(Luce). This quote displays the common perspective of women in decades past. However, the three women I interviewed believe otherwise. They neither accepted the downplay from men nor did they still believe that women are the inferior sex, but they did speak of rebellion, success, and equality. Raised in the 1950s, Debbie Corbello, my first interviewee, initially believed that men treated women perfectly. However, soon realizing the majority of the male sex are truly asinine pigs, her perspective swiftly changed. My Aunt Anita Underwood was another woman who had an image of women instilled in her mind. Raised by her mother, a woman of the 1950s who implemented the simple housewife idea into her head, she wanted change. She was part of the rebellious generation of the late 1960s-early 1970s, and rose to be the in-
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Harrison 2 dependent woman she is today through their liberation. Sydney Johnson, my last interviewee, is a woman of today, who strongly spoke about the ideal woman of this as if women were a new and profound modern version of the feminine mystique. She did not have the inferior image of women in her head. She grew up know- ing she could make her own choices in life and was very adamant about women and their equality. Although, my last interview was quite different from the two previous, it was very beneficial to my feministic idea. All three of these women influenced my fo- cus on the downplay of women in not only the home life, but the business world as well. Women’s roles in life have drastically shifted since the 1950s. The women of today have transformed their lives from restricted housewives to successful independent businesswomen who live free to choose their path in life. I hon- or their feminist movement, but rather the life of a modern wo- man than that of our predecessors, but if not for their strength and rebellion, where would we be? The decades may differ but there is one thing men cannot take from a woman and that is her heart. Previously, men did not give women a sense of self worth. This was coined by doctors as the nameless disease. Exemplified in The Diary of a Mad House - wife , Tina was indeed diagnosed with the disease. She had no sense of life or pride. She lived to be the perfect housewife
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Harrison 3 and cater to her husbands every need. This is how life was in the 1950s. The women were to be the males personal “jeanie in a
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course ENGW 1301 taught by Professor Cross during the Fall '08 term at St. Edwards.

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