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Department
Global Studies
Course
GS201
Professor
Guest Lecture
Semester
Fall

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GS 201- Class October 30, 2012 The Problem With No Name – Liberal Feminism - Oppression through opportunities/ legal obstacles, equal opportunity as men - Living wage- enough earnings to pay rent, bills, buy food, make a living - Liberal feminists are influenced by the French Revolution, etc/ o Fraternity – meaning man of property (only focusing on men’s issues) - JSM- women shouldn’t have the same legal opportunities as men o In constitution (Canada/ USA) states women/ men should have same rights – laws don’t mean people are willing to hire women (or treat her equally at work) - Lobbying – realized without education they couldn’t have the same power in the country o Problem – women need to simply focus of motherhood o White women- superiority of race- continue to produce children (open ideology in Germany, implication in North America) o If you don’t want to focus on the house/ mothering there is a problem o Women of colour needed to work to support the man (husband’s) earnings so they had less obstacles o Mt Allison University – 1858 women were accepted for classes in home economice- cooking/ cleaning  A degree doesn’t open many job opportunities  Training for caring for the home  Classrooms were segregated  Until 1940s (men went to war) women couldn’t be in medicine or science - Rosie the Riveter o Cultural icon (labour shortages meant women were needed) o Labour laws against women were relaxed o Overcome sexism/ racism in union o She represents women working in the factories during war times (Bomb Girls- TV series) o When the men return from war women needed to give the jobs back to the men nd  Women’s job is the 2 income job  Many women are widowed/ single/ the man can’t work o Concept of motherhood developed 1950s – women needed to sacrifice everything for their children o Happy/ glamorous women home working  TV/ magazines represent  Anyone making problems was weird and the problem  Usually had a coloured women helping her (W vs B) Betty Friedan 1921- 2006 - Based on interviews (The Feminine Mystique book)- wealthy people $50 000/ yr o Survey of college grads (Smiths College) – elite college in USA – upper/ middle class white women o Education based/ were they happy/ successful - Housewives read these articles and agreed with her papers (felt the same) - The problem that has no name o Secret/ not discussed issue housewives felt o The struggle of their life, unfulfilled lives o Mutual problem between women but not well known - JSM- marriage is a destination women are socialized into o Still desire to marry, gender roles o Many problems have changed o Women have a lot more options  Depending n country/ race/ religion  Economic based? - The women are unsure of what the problem is but they feel a lack of self-knowledge or knowledge of who they are – happy life but something is missing o No self fulfillment o Psychiatrists tell them they are the problem and ne
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