Women in Society
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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!
Why We're Here (~10 min)
Share your name, where you live, what drew you here, and if this is your first conversation.
How We'll Engage (~5 min)
These will set the tone of our conversation; participants may volunteer to take turns reading them aloud. (Click here for the full conversation agreements.)
- Be curious and listen to understand.
- Show respect and suspend judgment.
- Note any common ground as well as any differences.
- Be authentic and welcome that from others.
- Be purposeful and to the point.
- Own and guide the conversation.
What We’ll Talk About
Optional: a participant can keep track of time and gently let people know when their time has elapsed.
Getting to Know Each Other (~10 min)
Each participant can take 1-2 minutes to answer one of these questions:
- 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?
What are your thoughts on Women in Society? (~40 min)
One participant can volunteer to read the paragraph at the top of the web page.
Take ~2 minutes each to answer a question below without interruption or crosstalk. The group may choose to have everyone answer: A) whichever question speaks to them individually or B) the same question with an option to pass. Once everyone has answered, the group may take a few minutes for any clarifying or follow up questions/responses. Continue exploring with other topic or related questions as time allows.
- 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?
Reflecting on the Conversation (~15 min)
Take 2 minutes to answer one 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?