A. What were
B. How does
C. What does
D. Do you think that women today still are prevented from achieving their career goals? Can you think of some careers that are male-dominated? Are some college majors more popular among men or women? Why? Try to come up with at least three examples.
F. What does
G. In "Our Girls,"
H. Stanton complains of a beauty double- standard. What does she mean by that? Does the double-standard still exist?
I. List four careers that
A. Find a copy of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's most famous speech, "The Solitude of Self." How is the speech similar to "Our Girls"? How is it different?
B. Define the term "misogyny." How
C. Find a suffrage speech by Stanton or Susan B. Anthony on-line. How is the speech similar and different from "Our Girls"?
D. Find 7-10 advertisements from a women's magazine. How is beauty sold to women today? Who is in control of the fashion industry? Are the images empowering or harmful? Provide specific examples and be prepared to discuss your observations.
E. Think of three examples of fashion trends
in the past ten years that might be considered harmful to women. Does women's
clothing prevent "freedom of motion"--as it did in
F. In 1991, Naomi Wolf wrote a best-selling
book entitled, The Beauty Myth. In her book, Wolf, like
G. At what age does
A. Which university was the first to admit women? In what year? Research your own university. When were women first admitted? Has your university ever had a woman president? If so, what year? What proportion of faculty within your university are women? Does your major have more male or female faculty?
B. Research the number of women serving in politics today. How many women are currently in the United States Senate? How many are in the House of Representatives? Has your state ever had a female governor? Do you have a female state representative or state senator? What might explain why women are less likely to go into politics than men?
C. Research the status of American women today in education, law, and health care. How does it differ from that of men? Are their average salaries different or similar? If such differences exist, what explains those discrepancies?
D. Do you call yourself a feminist? Why or why not? Interview three friends or acquaintances and ask them the same question. Then ask the same question to one of your parents, grandparents or an elder in the community. Are there generational differences? Gender differences? What, in your opinion, determines if a person calls him or herself a feminist?
E. Research the women's studies program at your university or college. What classes are offered? Contact a guidance counselor at a local high school in your city. Are women's studies classes offered at the high school level? What would a person majoring in women's studies do with his or her degree?
F. What local women's rights organizations exist in your community or campus? Research two local groups and report on what they are doing to improve the lives of women. Some examples could include rape crises centers, women's resource centers, or domestic violence shelters.
G. Research the National Organization for Women
by looking at their website: (http://www.now.org/). What
issues do they support? Are any of the issues similar to what