20th Century Literary Theory, Feminist & Structuralist Theories

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Feminism can be roughly defined as a movement seeks to enhance the quality of women's lives. The means of change in the work place, politically, and domestically. . Women have come a long way since the 19th century. They've been trying to prove to the male world that they are equal. Feminism has changed the definition of men in many ways. Women in the work place have transposed since the 19th and mid 20th century.

The beginnings of feminism were starting to take its massive role in society. More and more women were getting educated and looking for employment opportunities that had power. Men no longer can be in control of everything. Men in the work place started to feel impotent. But women fed off each other and gave each other strength. They were not looking for just the secretarial jobs; they were taking some men's jobs and being good at it.

They were becoming police officers, fireman, managers and business owners. Taking and sharing jobs with men, and performing just as well. For example, in the film Mr. Mom when the husband gets laid off work and the wife goes to work to support their family. It is very easy for a woman to do a man's job but very difficult for a man to take over a woman's duty at home. Another way women have changed the definition of men is politically. Many years ago women were not allowed to vote. But women changed that in the early 1900's. With the woman suffrage movement, it was a courageous and persistent political campaign, which lasted over 72 years, yet because of these women is allowed to vote today. This might have affected men greater than anything else; giving women power to vote and to actually give them a voice...