Gender Issues In Mona Lisa Smile

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For many years, women’s issues and rights have been a topic of discussion and debate throughout the world. As time progresses, new issues emerge and are addressed at different levels within society. Although groups such as women’s rights activists, policy makers, and the general community have a large impact on spreading messages about women’s issues, portrayal of controversial topics have been depicted in popular films and other media sources. For the purposes of this analysis, I will reflect upon the film, Mona Lisa Smile (2003) in which women’s issues are finely portrayed regarding education, family roles, and the relation to social work practice.

Background During the 1950’s, the United States had just emerged from World War II and society
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One way that can be made possible is by providing guidance and mentorship for future generations of women who enter higher education (Denker, 2009). Scholars and professionals, such as Roberts in the film, provide as the best resources for younger and more shapeable women who have yet to be forced into pursuing their gender roles by society. Creating programs that may be able to educate young women by their successors who have experienced similar situations can be a great way to continue progressing through women’s issues in current day …show more content…
Feminism became a movement because women came together and decided they wanted to be treated differently and that they wanted to fill the void of the problem that had no name. Across the nation, college campuses are beginning to welcome thoughts of women’s rights and understand the true nature and worth of women in higher education. As social workers, becoming involved in campus wide education is essential to diminishing ideas of traditional gender roles and even the idea of gender related careers paths. In recent years, women’s centers, majors in women’s studies and feminism, and clubs and groups have formed in order to educate individuals about women’s rights and issues. By furthering the efforts of these organizations within institutes of higher education, social workers can stand from a larger platform to educate and empower young women about their true potential, regardless of what traditional society and gender roles expects from them. The amount of women who go on to pursue careers after they graduate from an institute have definitely increased and over the last 65 years, women’s place in society in the United States has changed by great measures. In the grand scheme of all that has happened, gender norms and roles are still heavy factors that are reinforced by the greater society. There will always be great room for progress, which will continue be a fight

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