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Hi, I'm a student doing a 10 page paper on Feminism and Women's rights. I was wondering if you could fill out this little interview and send me the answers. It would be a great help. Thank you! -Angela

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM. Your note came amidst my working on many deadlines, so I wasn't able to answer them as thoroughly as I would have liked. However, I did want to get back to you, so I have provided mini- answers. I hope this helps - Amy

1) In your opinion, how are women today treated compared to men
This is a very general question-because there are so many factors to consider. Also, I think it's as important to consider how "women are treated compared to other women."

2)How has the role of women changed over the past 200 yrs.
200 Hundred years ago, women didn't have the right to vote, own property, inheritance, to their own wages.

3) Why is women's liberation being halted by men
Women's liberation isn't being halted by "men" per se. It is being halted by a system that has rendered men more valuable than women. One reason for this resistance is that right now, men tend to have more "power" than women. The ratio is roughly 70% male to 30% female. (This, of course, is an average, not the absolute.) In order to get to 50/50 means men "losing power" in order for women to gain it. This would give me reason to halt it, too.

4) What can a woman do to help the liberation cause?
Women can believe in themselves and their abilities and not stand for anything less than equal respect, equal pay, equal choices, equal participation and representation. However, as one quote goes…… "women won't have power unless they take it," so they have to do that, too. In their homes, in the workplace, in politics.

5) What are some laws that have been passed to ensure equality for women?
The Civil Rights law of the 1960s did most of what the Equal Rights Amendment would have done-it prevented discrimination in the workplace based on "race, national origin, color, religion and sex."
The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution-which guaranteed that the right to vote shall not be denied on the basis of sex.
Title IX-offers women a legal weapon with which to contest discrimination in education, including admissions, athletics, financial aid, etc.…


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