Two weeks ago one of our assigned readings was “What the Social Classes Owe Each Other” written by William Sumner. In the text Sumner talks about the role of the government he states, “at bottom there are two chief things which government has to deal. They are the property of men and honor of women” (pg. 342). I believe that in this quote Sumner showcases the idea that women are dependent upon men, and that women viewed not as persons but as property. In the early times of history, it was a very common idea that a woman is nothing without a man. Men were known to dominate in women in different aspects of life, especially in the political world; however, there has been a major change in the women have become very active in politics.
The incredible changes for women has happened throughout years in American history pertaining to certain aspects such as: education, employment, government and politics. These are all changes that did not arise suddenly, generations of women have come together to provide these changes. Women have put forth the effort attentively to create a better world for themselves, and they have succeeded tremendously. This path that women fought so hard for, has led to success; there are now women in positions of power such as mayors, governors, congresswomen and although there hasn’t been a woman to successfully become elected there has been women who have run for The President of the United States (such as Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Hilary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, and Geraldine Ferraro;click on the link for a list of all women whom have ran for president or vice president)
The website, Forbes.Com recently posted a list of the 20 most powerful women in politics. It was very encouraging to me to see how many women in America made that list. The two women who grabbed my attention the most on the list is Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton.
Michelle Obama is the current first lady of the United States, and she has been very active in politics, and making a change in the United States and well as globally. Obama took a stand for the causes such as military families, helping working women balance their lives between career and family, health and wellness, and encouraging women to partake in a form of national service. (Click to view Biography of Michelle Obama)
Hilary Clinton is a current candidate for the 2016 United States presidential election, former Senator of New York (2001-2009), former Secretary of State (2009-2013) as well as the past first lady of the United States. Its more than safe to say that Clinton has been very active in the political world, holding several different positions in government from local all the way to nationally she has made a major impact on the roles that women are capable of performing. According to Clinton’s biography during her term as Senator, “Clinton used her position to make women’s rights and human rights a central talking point of U.S. initiatives. She became one of the most traveled secretaries of state in American history, and promoted the use of social media to convey the country’s positions” (Hilary Clinton’s Biography).
Too often, it seems as if when politics are being spoken of the only successors that are spoken of are men. I feel that it is important for all to understand that women are just as capable of men. Women can take a stand on issues and help better our country the same that way men are able to. In contrast, to Sumner’s belief Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and several other women in politics shows that a woman is anything but dependent of man and more than property; but that women are able to go out and be just as successful and independent as a man.
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