A Raisin In The Sun:

Gender Role Oppresion

Our Overall Theme:

Oppression through gender roles causes people to suppress their true wants and desires


Civil Rights Era:
  • I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat-Rebecca West

Modern Day:

  • There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs should be open to everybody -Florence Kennedy


Civil Rights Era:
  • Goldie and the Gingerbreads (one of first female bands)

Modern Day:



Civil Rights Era:
  • "I have control over all the guns and all the money of this party, There will be no external or internal opposition I will not resist and put down... So if you don't like the fact that I am a woman, if you don't like what we're going to do, here is your chance to leave. You'd better leave because you won't be tolerated!Speech was given by Elaine Brown after accepting position of Chairman to the black panthers

Modern Day:

  • Ellen Degeneres...

Organizations & Leaders

Civil Rights Era: First black panther women leader Elaine Brown was and is powerful and strong enough to demand respect from a widely male dominated group.

Modern Day: Feminist Majority Foundation: fights everyday for gender equality.


Civil Rights Era:

  • Many women were over looked by the general public during the Civil Rights era. The general population focused mostly on Rosa Parks. When there were many more such as Cathy Hughes and Elane Brown.

Modern Day:

  • Middle East: Revelolution


Civil Rights Era:

  • The Feminine Mystique a 1963 book by Betty Friedan which is widely credited with sparking the beginning of second wave of feminism in the United States. The Feminine Mystique begins with an introduction describing what Friedan called "the problem that has no name"—the widespread unhappiness of women in the 1950s and early 1960s. It discusses the lives of several housewives from around the United States who were unhappy despite living in material comfort and being married with children.