Women in Society

Conversation Guide

Prior to the passing of the 19th amendment, many women in American society were largely regarded as property and child bearers. After women were given the right to vote, it is sometimes assumed that all other injustices vanished and women became equal to men. It has been 88 years since women have had the right to vote, however there is still much progress to make in the coexistence of men and women in society today. Movements like #MeToo and Third Wave Feminism are proof that we may have a way to go in the establishment of gender equality. What degree of value does American society actually place on women in this day in age?

Let's Get Started!

This Living Room Conversation flows through three rounds of questions and a closing. Some rounds ask you to answer each question. Others feature multiple questions that serve as conversation starters — you need only respond to the one or two you find most interesting.

Before You Begin...

Please go over the Conversation Agreements with your participants.

Introductions: Getting Started/
Why Are We Here?

What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round 1: Core Values

Answer one or more of the following:
  • What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
  • What would your best friend say about who you are and what inspires you?
  • What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country?

Round 2:

What are your thoughts on Women in Society?

Remember that the goal for this Living Room Conversation is for all of us to listen and learn about where we have different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals. Answer ​one or more of the following questions:
  • To what extent do you believe women are given the same rights, opportunities and privileges as men?
  • What personal experiences, if any, do you have with gender inequality?
  • What changes would you like to see in this country as it pertains to how women are regarded?
  • What does the feminist movement mean to you? How has it affected you?
  • What does an ideal society look like to you in the realm of sex/gender relations?

Round 3: Reflection & Next Steps

Answer ​one or more​ of the following questions: 
  • In one sentence, share what was most meaningful or valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation?
  • What new understanding or common ground did you find within this topic?
  • Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?
  • Name one important thing that was accomplished here.
  • Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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