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The Evolution and Capabilities of Women in Western Society

December 7, 2010

I whole-heartedly agree with Mill’s point of view. Growing up, my mother worked 5 days week from 8 in the morning until 6 at night. She was always involved in my life, from schooling to sports, to just being there. In many regards, my mom took on the mother as well as the fathering role in my life. When I played hockey when I was younger, my mom was the only woman parent who would tie their child’s skates. She always ensured I was taken care of (maternal role) as well as raising me to be a chivalrous man (paternal role). I know that my story may be an anomaly, however, it is a prime example of faux pas arguments that were believed to be true for centuries about how women need to be subordinate to their husbands because they are not physically or mentally able to care for themselves.

Mill argued that we simply don’t know what women are capable of, because we have never let them try. One cannot make an authoritative statement without evidence. After years and years of my mother working in the legal department of her corporate employer, the General Counsel left the company, leaving that position vacant. My mother worked in the legal department longer than anyone else in the company. She was talented, knew the ins and outs, and seemed to be the most logical choice for the position. However, it was not so obvious to her bosses who were looking outside the company, specifically a man, to fill the position. Once my mother found this out, she was enraged, went to her bosses and demanded that they consider her for the position or else she was taking her talents elsewhere. The following day, she was hired as the company’s General Counsel, and since has helped make Active International the world’s preeminent bartering company.

In sum, Mill believes that society must give equality a chance. The benefits for society are enormous such as doubling the mass of mental faculties available for the higher service of humanity. The ideas and potential of half the population would be liberated, producing a great effect on human development. Finally, women would feel of worth and happy to be in control of their own destinies. Mill’s progressive thinking was paramount to the women’s suffrage movement as well as having a respected scholar voice his opinion in favor of woman.

3 Comments
  1. Floyd Simmons permalink
    December 7, 2010 7:23 PM

    I could argue that this is a special case; it is great that equality was given a chance. Although this process was a successful one may ask this question, What about other women that have not been trained throughout there lives to be shaped and molded into what men see as acceptable to be fit for a job or anything of that sort? Did they give her the job because of fear of losing a potentially good investment or did they do it out of fear that it would create problems with future cases like these? These types of questions and concerns make me bring less optimism to the table about equality ever being accepted among men in the workforce. In my opinion, she deserved the job and what a loss it would have been if she went elsewhere. I agree with Mills and that we should give equality a chance because its for a successful society. Besides, if not given the chance there could be a terrible revolution and women will overthrow men and what an experience that would be.

  2. Jessie Altman permalink
    December 7, 2010 11:52 PM

    I also would agree with Mill. It seems logical that if we give women an equal chance for education and job opportunities than we will double the mass of faculties available and help our society progress. If you look at the world today where would we be without women. For example, the Presidential Cabinet has several women: Hilary Clinton, Hilda Solis, Kathleen Sebelius, Janet Napolitano, Lisa Jackson etc. These women were chosen because out of everyone eligible for those positions they were thought to be the most qualified. If we continue on this path for equality imagine what we could achieve using all of our resources.

  3. mlevin44 permalink
    December 8, 2010 6:25 PM

    I really appreciate your sort of Millian ode to your mother here. Society has perpetuated an image of the weak and subordinate woman since the beginning of time. We all know that when something is a commonplace idea in society, it is very difficult to rise above that stereotype. People thought and some still think that African American people were and are inferior because of the color of their skin. Many men and woman have proven this to be wrong time and time again though, and the vicious generalization is declining in modern society. While famous celebrities have disproven common stereotypes through terrific acts of strength, change and integrity; everyday people can often show us how wrong we are in our mindsets. People see women as inferior because that is all they have been taught, and many people do everything in their power to keep the negative idea alive. People like your mother though, who use their ingenuity and strength to surpass the men around them are real heroes of societal change. I certainly know plenty of weak women, but I know an equal amount if not more weak men.

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