Essay on Sisterhood

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Sisterhood Historically, women have been relegated to a limited role in society. In our male dominated culture, a considerable number of people view the natural role of women to be that of mothers and wives. Thus, for many, women are assumed to be more suited for childbearing and homemaking than for involvement in public life. Despite these widespread and governing beliefs, women, frustrated and tired of their inferiority and subordination, began seeking personal and political equality, including equal pay, reproductive choice, and freedom from conventional societal restraints.

Massive opposition to a demand for women’s equality with men prompted the organization of women to fight collectively for their rights. The birthplace
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The liberation movement attempted to define females as the “in-group” and males as the “out-group,” with the two groups distinctively and sharply separated. The rallying cry “Sisterhood is Powerful” was primarily designed to solidify the identity of the “in-group.” However, in reality, it is easier to define racial groups than it is to define gender groups as separate divisions, since black people and white people are generally geographically and socially separated from each other, white men and women are not.

In order to incorporate women successfully into the movement, it was essential to broaden and expand the meaning of sisterhood to that of a common bond between women.
Consolidated by sisterhood, by a common connection of gender, heterogeneous women were expected to develop an allegiance and common purpose. Although the women working within the movement were mostly white and middle class (Tax, 319), the slogan “Sisterhood is Powerful” was directed at all women - married and single, young, middle aged, and old, mothers and daughters, of every race and religion, rich, poor, employed, unemployed, women on welfare, and those with different cultures and sexual orientations (DuPlessis and Snitow, 15). The objective of the slogan was to foster a common identity for the multifaceted group of women who were committed to (or might be committed to) women’s liberation. Empowerment for women

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