for your first question....which
is overwhelming in itself.....there
are so many ways that women
have been discriminated against.
Often times we don't fully understand
how destructive this discrimination
is until we have already lived
through it. One of the most
obvious ways that women were
discriminated against at the
beginning of the century is
that they didn't have the right
to vote, which they finally
won in the early 1920s. Likewise
it wasn't until around this
time that women could own or
Throughout the century--including
today, women have been discriminated
against in health care. It wasn't
until recently that medical
testing--including breast cancer--was
actually done on women. Likewise,
more money has always been alloted
to curing predominatly "male"
health care problems than female
In the workforce....on average,
women continue to earn only
80 cents to every dollar a man
earns. Also, although a few
women have attained high levels
in previously male fields, too
many women are still stuck in
In sports.......women don't
have access to funding, equipment
and careers like men do..
This is only a start, but hopefully
you can take it from here. It
is best to look at your own
life. Do the female teachers
in your school make the same
money as the male teachers?
Do the girls sports teams have
as good uniforms and playing
time as men? Are there equal
numbers of men and women in
advanced math and science classes?
What do women do after school?
What about men? When a boy has
sex with a girl, is he proud?
Is she ashamed?
As for your latter question,
there is a great book called
The Book of Women's Firsts
by Phyllis J. Read and Bernard
L. Witlieb, published by Random
House, 1992. This book sounds
like the perfect place to start.
I hope these help