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Roosevelt had just been reelected president. The country was recovering from the Great Depression, unions were developing, and child labor in manufacturing was terminated Jones She was one of the few women in her time to gain equality in a male-dominated society.
For most women, liberation was a bitter fight usually ending in defeat. In "The Chrysanthemums," this struggle for equality is portrayed through Steinbeck's character Elisa Allen. According to Stanley Renner, "The Chrysanthemums" shows "a strong, capable woman kept from personal, social, and sexual Woman and society by the prevailing conception of a woman's role in a world dominated by men" Elisa's appearance, actions, and speech depict the frustration women felt in Steinbeck's masculine world of the 's.
This frustration is evident when Elisa is first introduced. Her figure is described as "blocked and heavy" because she is wearing heavy gloves, heavy shoes, a "man's black hat," and a big apron that hides her printed dress Steinbeck Her home has the masculine qualities of being "hard-swept" and "hard-polished" Steinbeck Elisa is bored with her husband and with her life.
According to Sweet, Elisa is unhappy with the traditional female role and is attempting to extend her abilities into masculine areas Elisa intially reacts to each situation as a man would, but is forever reminded that she is a woman.
When her husband, Henry, comments about her "strong" chrysanthemum crop, Elisa is pleased by the manliness the word implies, but her husband reminds her of her femininity by offering her an evening on the town.
After this conversation with her husband, she goes back to her masculine role of transplanting the flowers. The next situation involves the tinker. According to Sweet, he is to Elisa what the meat buyers were to Henry Mordecai Marcus says that Elisa's first response to the tinker is that of a man, for she resists giving him work But as the tinker talks, Sweet points out, Elisa's calculated and conscious masculine efforts become more and more feminine The tinker then hits her in her vulnerable spot--her chrysanthemums.
He pretends to be interested in her love for her flowers.
He compares her flowers to a "quick puff of colored smoke" Steinbeck Elisa's feminine side begins to emerge as she takes off her masculine gloves and hat. She is attracted to the tinker because, as Stanley Renner points out, he represents a world of adventure and freedom that only men enjoy She allows her emotions to control her and lets go of her masculine side, freeing her central feminine sexuality, according to Sweet By the time she realizes her feminine emotions, it is too late: She has allowed herself to become emotional, "the trait women possess," whereas men conduct business unemotionally Sweet Elisa realizes her hopes for equality are nothing but a dream because she has been betrayed by her basic nature and by men.
She gives the tinker the seedling and retreats indoors to find him some pots to mend. After the tinker leaves, Elisa goes indoors to bathe. She scrubs herself "until her skin was scratched and red" Steinbeck By this action, Elisa is unconsciously withdrawing back to her feminine side and cleansing herself "of the masculine situation by turning to the feminine world in which she best functions" Sweet When she dresses, she puts on her best underwear and applies makeup to her face.
By doing these purely feminine things, according to Marcus, she hopes to accentuate her role as a woman Henry immediately notices the transformation and compliments her with the feminine "nice" instead of "strong," which is masculine.
Elisa prefers "strong," but the meaning of it has changed from "masculine equal" to "feminine overlord" Sweet Henry warms the car up to go into town while Elisa gets herself ready. As they drive along, Elisa spots the flowers she had given the tinker beside the road.
The flowers beside the road signal Elisa's final retreat back to femininity. Her dreams of feminine equality are so broken that she can never go back to being what she once was; thus "she must endure her typical social role" Sweet Her only goal is to become "an old woman" Steinbeck Because she has gone back to her feminine role, according to Renner, "she remains a pitiable victim of male domination and female disadvantage" Throughout the story, Elisa suffers a regression from the masculine role she sees as equality to the feminine role she sees as submissive.Sociologists for Women in Society works to improve women’s lives through advancing and supporting feminist sociological research, activism and scholars.
The final dramatic showdown over the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote played out in in the Tennessee State Capitol. Suffragists, identified by wearing yellow roses, needed one more state to ratify the amendment and Tennessee was their last chance.
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Women and Society. Contemporary Indian society has been exposed to the broad processes of social transformation, agricultural modernization and economic development, urbanization and rapid industrialization and globalization.
Matilda Joslyn Gage (March 24, – March 18, ) was a 19th-century women's suffragist, a Native American rights activist, an abolitionist, a freethinker, and a prolific author, who was "born with a hatred of oppression.".
Gage began her public career as a lecturer at the woman's rights convention at Syracuse, New York, in , being the youngest speaker present, after which, the.
The author presents some interesting ideas, which is useful. Males as genetic filters - the idea that the lives men live, in competition with other men, puts more of their traits out there for field testing, with the most useful ones being passed on to both men and women, because the men with them are more likely to be selected by a woman - I'd never heard that one.