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Women In Politics Essay

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In the essay “I’d Rather Be Black than Female”, Shirley Chisholm stated how she felt women should have the right to devote themselves to politics. She believes that being a dark-skinned person has fewer handicaps than being a woman, because she there is prejudice against women in society and is a problem that is still exists today. Chisholm showed how society thinks women are second-class citizens in the world. Working in Congress, Chisholm saw that members of her party would have meetings to discuss ways of stopping her actions or decisions. No one would take a black person’s ideas especially if that person was specifically a woman. Not only as women was she considered as second-class citizens, she was also stereotyped as a “happy homemaker” or a “contented darky”. It was common for people to think that women should stay at home and take care of the house and family. This essentially sets a limitation for women to have a job in the “real ...view middle of the document...

A TV show called “Parts and Recreations” aired on the topic of female representation in politics and the episodes “Women in Garbage” showed how women should be in politics and how it benefited society. In the scenario a girl named Leslie who worked in the government, found that men in their positions do not believe in women and what they were capable of. Leslie wanted to fight for women’s right and how women should be treated in government. In order to prove the true power of women and show viewers that women should be treated equally in the government, she decided to head to the garbage truck with her female friend and prove that women can do the job. On the job, Leslie and her friend faced the problem of not being able to move the huge fridge on to the truck. Nevertheless, after hours of struggle, she found out men weren’t able to do the job either. She had called for the strength of many woman, and finally moved the fridge on to the truck. Leslie solved the problem with patience when men did not know what to do and she never gave up. This shows that women should be in politics because they have not only showed great insight but also had the patience, and persistence that men did not.

Jeannette Rankin showed that women are equally capable of leading and have been known to have astounding characteristics that bring groups together with their actions. Jeannette Rankin of Montana was the first woman to serve in Congress. Unlike Shirley Chisholm, Jeannette Rankin only needed to face one of handicap, which was being a woman. However, she persevered through the suppression and completed extraordinary achievements in her life. Furthermore, she was the only member that voted against U.S to participate in World War I, and World War II. It was difficult for her when she was the first and the only one woman to work in the congress. Many male congressmen were also trying to stop her actions and her ideas. However, she overcame it by facing all the problems that male congress had gave her. “I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won’t be the last.” This shows that she agreed with Shirley Chisholm on whether or not women should be in the politics because women have something that men do not have.

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