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C ONTENT OF THIS R ESEARCH P APER This research paper examines the most frequently encountered barriers that affect women— everywhere—in today’s society. Discrimination, violence, and injustice against women—all over the world—are no news in today’s media. However, by not reacting immediately to this type of behavior, it seems as though society indirectly considers this type of behavior as “normal.” This research paper will cover the following issues faced by women today: Oppression Sexual Harassment Negative Effects of Advertisement Overcoming Obstacles The Future of Women Through an in-depth analysis of women in today’s society, this research paper will advise and, aim towards motivating other women to take action and thrive to ensure a better future for the current as well as the next generation. O PPRESSION Race, class, and gender are three linked systems of oppression and dominance used against individuals. Dominance operates by seducing, pressuring, and forcing women [as well as members of subordinated groups] to replace their cultural ways of knowing with the dominant group’s [men] specialized thought 1 . The battle however is not easy; confronting such oppression as a woman requires desire, strength, and confidence. As stated in Oppression by Frye, oppression is determined when an individual’s options are reduced to very few and all of them expose her/him to penalty, censure, or deprivation. Today, women are constantly exposed to oppression and exploitation. In the workplace, they are forced into low wages and, are not expected to advance professionally. While at home, [most] face another shift of housework with little help from their partners. This of course, is without considering the “extra factor:” violence. 1 Hill Collins, P. (2000). Black feminist thought : Knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment (2 , Rev tenth anniversary ed.). New York: Routledge.
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Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. 2 In the US, thousands of women are raped, beaten, or emotionally abused yearly. Recent studies have claimed that nine of every ten rape victims in the United States are women. . Also, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year. 3 An important factor of this issue is income: the poorer the household, the higher the rate of domestic violence—with women in the lowest income category experiencing more than six times the rate of nonfatal intimate partner violence as compared to women in the highest income category. 4
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This note was uploaded on 01/15/2012 for the course FGSS 158 taught by Professor Romanska,magdalena during the Spring '09 term at Cornell.

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