In the recent world, the concept of gender equality and feminism has taken a different
path in United State compared to the past since women have started taking up the world where
they now have a bigger percentage in formal payment and in political representation. For
instance, it has been observed that 40% of the women make up the global formal labor force
while 43% the agricultural labor force (Bolotin, 1982). Compared to the past, women had no
right to occupy senior formal positions as they were termed as domestic workers whose role was
reproduction and doing domestic chores. As such, I decided to review the aspect of feminism and
gender equality from a Ann Summy a 45-year-old female in United States who happens to be my
aunt to gather different perspective of her experience when women had no power, right and were
discriminated and her present encounter when equality has become the order of observation in
most parts of the United States. The interview was significant in offering an understanding of the
different role of women and how this has changed in the society. This shows that the life and
responsibilities of women in the twenty first century have changed as compared to the nineteenth
During the nineteenth times, there was a major problem of gender biasness and a
stereotype society which influenced the status of women (Claudia Wallis, 1989). In this case,
Ann recalls a scenario where she worked tirelessly in a restaurant as a waitress to get a penny but
at the end of the day she was receiving 2$ dollars while the male workmates were receiving $8
dollars. Nonetheless after work Ann was expected to go finish her house cores and take care of
her three children. “It was hectic since, I was married to a firm manager so I was expected to
pick the kids from school, help them do their homework and do the house chores”. Presently, she
reveals that apparently in her new job she is a Chief Executive Officer for a fashion business and
fighting the aspect of gender biasness where women receive low payments. Also, due to the
changed perspective within the society she is at least enjoying her marriage because she does not
have to balance all things at the work place and at home since her husband helps her out.
However, this was not visible at the early days in their marriage due to the perception of men
duties in the society.
The act of discrimination and inequality was intense in the past since there was a lot of
racism and women were sexually abused as they were not valued in the society (Claudia Wallis,
1989). According to Summy, the black American women were discriminated in the 1980s and
give an example where she witnessed one of her neighbor who was a black American seeking a
job position and could not be accepted by any company in Oregon. The only job she got was
caring for the white’s children and she would receive $ 2 dollars a day and at times she could not
get the payment. This was stressful since she was a single mother, had three children and she was
expected to take care of her family and pay her bills. After some time, the black American
women movement was formed to fight the women issues in United State as they understood the
bitter experience of economic exploitation which triggered their intention of supporting the
feminist goals (Bolotin, 1982). The movement has enabled most of the women to acquire a job
including my Aunt’s neighbor who now works as a supervisor in a retail supermarket.
On the question of feminism, Summy strongly claims she is a feminist since she believes
that women have power and right for appropriate payment and should not be discriminated
against. According to a report she received monthly from the company performance Appraisal,
she deduced that women have been on the rise compared to men since they are committed to
their work hence steering towards achievement of the set targets and objectives of the company.
In the company where she is the Chief Executive Officer, she has appreciated the females within
the organization as they always meet their target which raises the company’s return. Therefore,
she fully supports the aspect of women empowerment since they have skills, abilities and bring a
lot of development within the society. The changing state of American Women during the 20 th
century have shown that women have been able to gain equal rights with their male counterparts
have equal economic and social roles.
Ann is passionate about cooking and likes trying out different recipes. Even though
cooking is taken as a woman’s responsibility she loves it and does not complain being the best
cook for the family despite it being a domestic role. On this note, she encourages women to
always be passionate in cooking and ensure that the family enjoys a healthy meal daily to fight
against some of the disease like cancer and diabetes.
Conclusively, it is evident that women have the right to choose their mode of living and
should not be obligated by other societal norms. Throughout the 19 th centually women have had
limited rights since the society subjected them under stringent controls. In turn, many women
have rebelled from the traditional feminine society and traditional political affairs thus making
most women in western societies gain important rights thus leading the world. Evidently, the life
transformation from 1980’s when Ann was a waitress to the current 20 th century when she is a
chief executive officer reveals that women have power to bring development and make people
believe in them through performing great roles in the society and within the organizations.
Bolotin, S. (1982). Voices from the post-feminist generation. New York Times Magazine, 17(10).
Claudia Wallis. (1989). Women Face The 90s Time Magazine.pdf.