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Collins: Letter to Young American Women


Gracie Straznickas





This article or journal called “Dear Young American Women” really shows how much discrimination is still happening towards women. It points out that back in the day it was impossibly hard for a woman to even get a job. Nowadays it may not be so difficult for a woman to get a job but there are still obstacles. For example the writer says that Madeleine Kunin who is the future governor of Vermont wanted to be an editor for the New York Times and during the interview she was asked if she would consider a possible waitressing job in their corporate dining room instead.




How it connects to social studies:


This relates to social studies because we have been talking about how difficult it was for women and African Americans further back, but that there are still challenges even after so much time. It also effects voting for certain laws and amendments such as the 19th amendment allowing women to vote. 



1. What do you think can be done to help, stop discrimination against women? Explain.


2. Why do you think people still discriminate against women? 


3. How long do you think it will take for women to actually have equal rights? Why?


Comments (5)

Helen D. said

at 9:29 pm on Nov 5, 2009

1. If women started standing up for themselves, others would recognize them as strong, independent, and capable people. If Madeline Kunin stood up for herself, and demanded that she should be treated like any other male interviewee, the interviewer would most likely be shocked, but realize that women are willing to stand up for themselves. Also, many people believe that discrimination against women should be stopped, but do nothing about it. People should protest when they think sexism still plays a role in choosing workers. And when women are being treated unfairly in their workplace, they should stand up for themselves.
2. People still discriminate against women for the same reason people still discriminate against people with dark skin. I think that it’s because people think women are less capable of activities associated with men, because ever since the colonies started (and even before that) women also were in the household, doing the domestic jobs. And now, even though women are less discriminated against, people still believe that women should have the “easier” or more “domestic” job.
3. I think it will take approximately another 100 years for women to be held equal to men. Women were able to vote in the early 1900s, about 100 years from today. From that time till today, women’s rights have gradually increased. And at the rate women’s rights have increased, I think in another 100 years women will finally be held equal to men.

Emily I. said

at 11:44 pm on Nov 6, 2009

1. I think the only way for others to see the equality of women is to show them what we can do. If women show they are worthy and fight for their rights than maybe people will treat woman better. Also, you have to believe you are as good. Some women say they are less equal because that is what others tell them. That is not true and women should have courage and put themselves out there. If people perceive they were discriminated against because of gender or race they should report it and have something done about it. Other than that there is little to be done. It is very hard to change others minds.

2. I thin people discriminate against woman just because that was the view they grew up with. If tin their every day lives as children they saw how important men were, and how dominant they were as leaders then they would get this idea in their head. Sometimes I think their discrimination is subconscious. They may pick a man over a woman because they think they are a better candidate, but deep down some of why they thought this was based on assumptions on woman.

3. I have no idea how long it will take. I believe it will take a few powerful, wonderful, astounding women to change the minds of the many people who have the ideas of woman being less then men deeply rooted in them. It may take time just to do away with the idea. Time will help people realize women’s true strengths.

Olivia J. said

at 12:10 am on Nov 8, 2009

1. I think that for people to recognize that women deserve rights too, women should show people that they are equal to and that they are able to do the things that men can do.
2. I think that people still discriminate against women because they don't want change. When they were younger, their parents and the world around them probably showed them that it was mostly a man's job to do work. They grew up that way so that's what they think is right.
3.I think that in time, women will be just as equal to men. It will take many years, but more people can change their opinions about women every day. It may take 50 years at least.

Maria D. said

at 11:07 am on Nov 8, 2009

1) I think that while men have to stop discriminating and bringing down women, it is also women's responsibility to stand up for themselves and show that they deserve the same rights as men do. Women should advocate for their rights instead of complaining about the inequality.

Maria D. said

at 6:08 pm on Nov 8, 2009

Hmm. The rest of one, and two and three didn't show up... Here they are:
1) (con't) While women may blame discrimination on things that haven't been done yet, they're really at fault because they should be out working toward getting their inequalities sorted out.
2) I think that the main reason people still discriminate against women is because women themselves have done nothing to better their situation. I think that if females applied for more jobs, ran for more offices, and proved that they are capable of so-called "man jobs," then the bias toward them would not be as great. Because women don't portray themselves to be as able as men, there are not many good female role models for younger generation girls to look up to.
3) I have no idea how long it will take, but recently more and more women have stepped up to the plate to show that they can do anything that men can do. If this attitude keeps up I think that it won't be long before other women find the capability in themselves and help spread it on to other women.

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