(Artistic but visual because it's a photo) 1. This picture is of a large warehouse in the outskirts of New Orleans. Its artist, Brandan Odums, has his art studio right next to it. I was very lucky to have gotten to look inside and have Brandan tell us about his art and his mission. He has been painting street are for many years, and his main goal is to empower people who have been oppressed in the past, mainly focusing on black people and women. On the wall next to the painting of the girl, it says “she was wild / and she / was / very beautiful / and sometimes / she was / a tree / strong and rooted / that / piece of shelter / that never asks / for anything / in return” He told us about the little girl who was the inspiration for the piece, and how much she inspired him and his art. She is young, wild, strong, and free. The sun behind her is shedding light and illuminating her, which adds more emphasis to the girl, accentuating the fact that she is the center of the piece. 2. In the story, Scout also struggles with the challenges of not just being a girl, but a young girl at that. If I may digress for a minute, as a child, it is traditional to hear the words “you’re too young to understand” or “you’re too small” from adults. Scout has to live through this as well. Many people in Maycomb comment on the fact that she is too young to know anything, but with help from Atticus and Miss Maudie, she proves those people wrong. There are still things that she doesn’t understand, but it’s because she has not been taught. Scout said, “No, everybody’s gotta learn, nobody’s born knowin’” (304). She knows there are things that she doesn’t know. The girl in the painting corresponds to Scout because they are both young girls who are bound to make an impact on this world. Both of them inspire many, people and they will for years to come.
(Artistic but written because it's a poem) 1. This commercial aired to talk about how women have always been here, and how they used their voices to be heard. In history, when women have spoken out, they have often been put down and told to be quiet. In this new day and age, women are finally speaking volumes. By making themselves heard, women have made a big impact on the world and its people, and they will continue to eliminate prejudice until everyone is equal. 2. The people of Maycomb are trapped in a time where women have specific expectations set for them, such as excessive politeness, house chores, and daintiness. Even at a young age, these “guidelines” have made their way into Scout’s life. However, this type of ignorance has been done away with by the strong women we idolize. When “a woman becomes herself the first time she speaks without permission then every word out her mouth a riot,” As the poem reminds us, when the ladies take charge, they “built a bridge, not a border.” Oppressed people often feel empathetic towards other oppressed. When someone cries out for help, there will always be someone there to help them back to their feet.
1. Giving women basic human rights should not be a debate. women are human beings that do not deserve to be on the bottom of the shoes of men, as they have been throughout history. “They fought for the right to vote, but also advanced the causes for birth control, civil rights, and economic equality.” This movement was essential in the battle for gender equality. The struggle is long from over, but these activists played a key role in sparking the evolution of women's rights. The marches in light of recent events are not the first of their kind. “But it wasn’t the first time huge crowds of women turned out to make demands of the government. On March 3, 1913, one day before the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson, more than 5,000 women descended on Washington to fight for the vote. Some came on foot, some on horseback, some in wagons.” The beginning of the suffragist movement was marked with these marches to make a difference. 2. All throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout lives her life without many positive female influences, and that affects how she proceeds to act towards others. Now some people will argue that a positive female influence “teaches her how to act like a lady,” but in the minds of these suffragists, a woman should empower others. No woman should be put down by a man and be told, “that’s how it is.” Scout encounters these views from her brother Jem, who first told her to stop acting like a girl so that she could play, but over time switched to the fact that Scout should act like a lady and not play with him and Dill.
1.“Woman suffrage, the right of women by law to vote in national and local elections.” A person who advocates the extension of suffrage, particularly to women, is called a suffragist. Women had been excluded from voting for all of history up until August 18, 1920. It wasn't until 1963 that the Equal Pay Act was passed, but there are still many instances of unequal pay in present time. The text states, "The United Nations Convention on the Political Rights of Women, adopted in 1952, provides that 'women shall be entitled to vote in all elections on equal terms with men, without any discrimination.'" This road is a long and difficult one, but it is a path that many will take for true equal rights. 2. In To Kill a Mockingbird, one thing that Jem always says to Scout is, “[She] was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that’s why people hated them so, and if [she] started behaving like one [she] could just go find some to play with.” (Lee 54) When they were young, Jem constantly blamed Scout for being a girl even though it wasn’t her fault. Gender is not something that warrants discrimination because what you are born as is not your choice. As she gets older, Scout is expected to dress and behave nicely and live according to the format that Aunt Alexandra has set for her. She is forced to attend tea parties and missionary meetings, even though she’d rather be playing with Jem and Dill. In that time period, women were expected to do what men told them to, and Scout did not like those rules. There was not much she could do about it at that time, but friends like Miss Maudie and Calpurnia show her what it really is to be a woman.