Discrimination in America

Discrimination definition

Discrimination is treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing is perceived to belong to rather than on individual merit.

Women's rights in the 1900's

In America during the 1990's, women could not vote and had no political rights. Most of them were domestic servants and some were teachers but there were only two architects. Wife hood or mother hood were considered a women's significant profession. In the early 1900's some major events in women's history. In 1920's most girls received education and the wealthier went to university's. Also in the 1920's the 19th amendment granted that women were allowed to vote. In 1923 the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced to congress. During the Great Depression in the 1930-1950's women faced who were employed faced problems with men saying they stole their work.

Women being treated differently than men currently in America

Currently in America women are still being treated different than men. Although women have gained many rights like voting and having good jobs they are still getting disrespected. People still under estimate women. When a man walks into a new job he gets more respect and people think he know what he is doing right away but when a women walks in they think she needs help or doesn't know hat she is doing. Women in the US today are only paid 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Only four in ten Americans say that women and men are treated equally. Hilary Clinton is running for president but more people tend to vote for men than they do women. Men and women are being treated very differently in America.

How Women are being treated differently around the world

Around the world women are being treated differently than men. Currently in Saudi Arabia women cant vote and it is illegal for them to get a license and drive. If girls there want to play sports they have to to a private school or be in the privacy of there own homes. In Yemen girls are not a full witness in court. A women testimony is not taken as seriously as a man testimony. In Lesotho Africa women can not own there own land with out having a co-signing with a man. Also in Swaziland Africa women are banned from wearing pants. We don't notice it but all around the world discrimination against women is happening. Its not just in America

Famous people who stand up for women's right

Malala (July 12, 1997)

There are many people who believe in women's rights but there are some that are making a change. One of them is Malala. Malala lives in Pakistan where girls aren't allowed to go to school. She is known there as an activist for female education. She protested and tried to get on a a bus and was shot in the head. She survived and was recognized for her courage and intelligence and was the youngest person the win the Noble Prize. She didn't just stand up for herself she stood up for all the girls that couldn't go to school.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Another women who has a big role in feminism is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She believes everyone should be equal. She has her own book called "We Should All be Femanists". She has become famous all around the world and has been on many talks hows such as Ted Talk. She was also featured in Beyonces song Flawless. There are many important people trying to make a change.

How discrimination shaped America in the past

Discrimination has helped shape America to what it is today. In the 1900's there was discrimination against African Americans. They faced exclusion and discrimination when they tried to apply for jobs and they could not vote. Because blacks were banned from baseball leagues they created their own in the 1900's. When Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby made it to the professionals the integration of all black leagues stopped.


Martin Luther King was a big part of the discrimination against African Americans. He fought for them to be equal and changed history. Also in the early 1900's there was discrimination about the immigrants. People in America though some were unskilled and were coming to take there work. People like Martin helped these problems and that is why America is like this today

Rosa Parks (June 4, 1913)

Rosa Parks was a big part of standing up for African Americans right. Back then African Americans couldn't sit in the front of the bus like the whites and had to stand in the back. On December first she refused to move from her seat on the bus because she didn't believe it was right that she couldn't sit down. Although she suffered from her actions like losing her job as a seamstress and getting threats she opened new doors to others to stand up for themselves. After the boycott she went to Detriot and worked as the secretary for John Conyers who was a African American US Representative. She stood up for what was right and really made in impact on the discrimination against African Americans.

Discrimination currently in America

Currently in the US there is discrimination going on. People don't believe in gay marriage and the discriminate gays or transgenders. There are people being rude online and sometimes physically hurting people over them not having the same beliefs. There is also still discrimination against African Americans in America. White police officers seem to be targeting African Americans more these past couple months. There have been protests and riots against the police officers. One example would be Joe who was pulled over for going a little it over the speed limit and he had a nice car. The officer drew his gun and searched his car. Joe said he felt violated because he didn't do anything wrong. The officer said he just looked suspicious. Since Ferguson 314 black people have died from police officers


Also Donald Trump has been very popular these past months because of his run for presidency. He was sued in the 1970's for not renting to African Americans and he has been targeting Obama lately. Just the other day he was talking to a black reporter and said "I know you are a big fan of Obama" just because the man was black. Also last week he targeted Muslims saying “our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.” He was saying how he didn't want Muslims in America. Discrimination is still going o in America and even though people try to help stop it, it still continues.

Discrimination in the world currently

Around the world discrimination against others is happening still. Many people are discriminating against others beliefs or regions. The most popular religions are Muslims and Christians that are getting targeted. Ever since 9/11 people have started to believe that all Muslims are bad. There have been other attacks like the Boston bombing and the most recent one in Paris. The people who are doing this are terrorists but when people see Muslims or anyone wearing their style of clothing. Shaima Alawadi was an Iraq immigrant who was killed because she was muslin and the person who killed her left a note saying go back to your country you terrorists. She had nothing to do with anything about terrorists. People are discriminating against country when the people when rally it was only groups of people there not all of them.


Its not just the discrimination against Muslims in the world. People discriminate against homosexuals a lot. In Russia the president proposed a law that anyone who promotes homosexuality will go to jail. In Uganda they have been discussing a bill since 2009 that would prohibit and penalize any homosexual behavior and punish offenders with life in prison or death.

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Judging a book by its cover

Most people have judged someone based on how they dress or who they hang out with. I think people judged because there is much racism and discrimination in the world so my generation grew up thinking that it's okay. After 9/11 everyone jumps to the conclusion when they see Muslims that they are bad became they are scared from the tragic event. Of course that's not okay and you should always get to know someone first but everyone was startled by all these events. People judged girls who are young with children all the time. They think badly of them and say its there fault but some girls may have gotten rapped or something but people just assume they did something bad. I think people don't take the time out of their day to actually talk to others and get to know them.


People judge each other in our school all the time. We judge on who hangs out with who and what clothes people wear and most of time we just judge on something we heard about the person. We don't even know if half the stuff bring said about them is true. People walk by each other in the hallways and don't even bother to say hi but judged just from what they see.

Connections about discrimination of women's rights to "Making Lemonade"

In the novel "Making Lemonade" there was discrimination to women. Jolly go used by men in the story and that is why she had two kids at age 17. Even at her work she was being a used and used self defense and got fired. They people didn't even bother to hear her story. She got judged by people on a regular basis just because she had two kids and they just assumed she was bad. When Lavaughn went into the shoe store with Jeremy the people who were working there just ignored her because they looked poor and because she was a girl with a younger child. They should still help someone no matter what they look like. People in Jolly's building sometimes saw that Jolly struggled with the kids but no one helped her or asked her if she needed help because people shamed her for having kids.

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