Now We Can Begin Speech Annotation Essay

1089 Words Nov 28th, 2014 5 Pages
Savannah Raisor
Mrs. Van Orden
AP Language and Composition
29 September 2014
Now We Can Begin
Crystal Eastman was an American lawyer, antimilitarist, socialist, journalist, and most importantly, a feminist at the end of the women’s suffrage movements. Her words inspire the women of America. She breathed life into the Bill of Rights as a major leader in the suffrage and equal rights movements in the early twentieth century. Eastman displays several ideas that propel the ideology of not only the roles of women, and their independence in the work force, but also to the men and their role within the home. Through addressing women and their capacity to work alongside men, an impression of equality and identity is given to women.

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Eastman knew this, she knew that the man’s attitude toward his wife would not change; it would remain the solitary idea that his wife was fine, and nothing was the matter. As long as the memory of right-deprived women thrives, the thoughts of the men will remain there as well. Now is the time to enlighten the dictators of the future, by removing every trace of the selfish ordeal that men are created in a higher authority then women.

The supposed role of the woman is: to remain in the home, teaching her young, including depriving the young women of the very education which would give them power and freedom. Eastman states, “It seems to me this: how to arrange the world so that women can be human beings, with a change to exercise their infinitely varied gifts in infinitely varied ways, instead of being destined by the accident of their sex to one field of activity – housework, and child-raising”. Therefore, it is proposed that women are to institute the early training and education in both young boys and girls. It must become common to see a woman standing on her own two feet with every confidence that a man has. It is vital that women become associated with work, and with defending themselves against the tyranny of men. However, it is also necessary to implant the fact in the minds of the young boys that it is manly, as well as womanly to cook and sew and clean and take care of one’s self. If this idea is put into action, young girls and boys will be

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