1. The image by Korn Ferry Institute illustrates the struggle of women, specifically in the workforce. The image depicts men taking an escalator up a steep hill, they don’t even have to walk. Whereas on the other side of the hill women are hanging onto tiny ledges that barely jut out of the hill. The women have to work ten times harder than the men just to make it to the top. There is a much higher chance of the women stumbling or even falling on their way up, they have to face many obstacles in order to succeed. The women who are first in the line of climbing has caused some rocks to drop, making it harder for the women behind her to get up. The falling rocks show how women have to push each other down in order to achieve their goals. Women have to put up a fight just to be equal with men. 2. The graphic connects to “To Kill a Mockingbird” because Scout will have to endure a similar struggle when she grows older. Maycomb women made a joke of the fact that Scout wanted to be a lawyer when she is an adult. Scout will have to overcome many obstacles just to be a lawyer not to mention the fact that the Maycomb community will not make things easy for her. Scout is expected to become a proper lady in society, not to try to fight with the men on court cases. The societal ignorance and gender inequality in the 1930s will cause Scout to have to work very hard and strive for greatness to achieve her goals.
1. A recent study has shown that more and more teenagers are viewing gender in non-binary terms. As people modernize and become more liberal, “Many reject the idea that girl and boy are the only gender options…” Younger generations are beginning to accept the idea of multiple genders. With gender ideas becoming more fluid there are obstacles that teens are facing, not all people are as embracing of these thoughts. Teens that are transgender or gender nonconforming “...reported worse mental and physical health… Bullying and discrimination…” People have overcome ignorance and pushed for gender equality and gender fluidness but there will always be simple minded people who will stand in the way. 2. This article connects to “To Kill a Mockingbird” because even when Scout and Jem rise above the ignorance of others there are still more obstacles to face. For example, Scout ignored Aunt Alexandra’s hurtful comments about how Scout needs to be more ladylike and that she is a problem to her father. At such a young age Scout was criticized for not acting as a stereotypical girl would. Scout tried not to let it bother her but when Jem started to promote her becoming more of a lady she was very upset. Scout will continue to be pushed to becoming more proper for the rest of her life because the people of Maycomb do not understand that the way Scout chooses to express herself is her choice.
1. An inspirational speech from Emma Watson highlights that while encouraging equality between men and women the word “feminism” has been twisted into a negative term. Feminism is now viewed as “...women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.” A word that was meant to incite positive change for equality was turned into a term that women would be ashamed to call themselves. However, Emma Watson brought up an essential question to achieving gender equality, “How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?” Gender equality has become a women powered fight which has made it hard for men to take part in. Equality means both men and women are equal but while protesting for equality men have become fearful of saying the wrong thing and making their opinions heard. The world has become ignorant by dismissing the fact that gender equality does not only apply to women but men too. 2. This empowering speech connects to “To Kill a Mockingbird” because in the town of Maycomb gender inequality is part of daily life. Women are too look pretty, raise children, and take care of household tasks whereas men are to be strong, provide for their families, and complete all physical labor inducing tasks. Scout never enjoyed being a proper lady, she liked to wear overalls instead of dresses and roughhouse with her brother instead of drinking tea. Scout was ridiculed in her community for not conforming to the social expectations. Throughout the novel, Scout was faced with ignorance regarding gender inequality that she continuously had to overcome to allow for her family and the town of Maycomb to realize different is good.
1. This article exemplifies gender inequality by informing readers on the roles of women throughout history, specifically the 1900's. In the early 19th century the economy was based on family farms, with the men doing all the physical labor and the women completing all of the household tasks. The article states that throughout history "Women, it was assumed, were unable to handle the pressures of life outside the home." The gender stereotype that women are the weaker sex and should handle only domestic tasks was very prominent in the 1900's. Men were bulldozed into a world of competitiveness, hard work, and high expectations that was believed to be too overwhelming for women. However, women were underestimated they proved that “... today women clearly demonstrate not only competence but also excellence in a working world that was thought by so many as only meant for men.” Women proved themselves in society, overcoming the ignorance of the others who belittled them. 2. This article relates to "To Kill a Mockingbird" because it was set in the 1930's, which was a time where the notion that men were superior to women was all that was known. Women’s role in society was demeaning, Scout witnessed many times where women were ridiculed and depicted to be the weaker sex. The surprising thing is Scout was unfazed by this information because it was all she ever knew. As Scout grows older she begins to notice gender inequality and the part she is expected to play in society. This role is not that Scout wants to fill but in order to be accepted, it is a task she must endure. While trying her best to put on a show Scout continues to stay true to herself and overcome the ignorance in her society. She proves that women are not all the same.