Judgement Day-in-Age

Women's Rights and Freedoms

Discrimination in America since 1900

Discrimination (mainly racism), has shaped America since 1900.

The year of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, black people still had a lower rate of graduation from college, a lower expected yearly income, and twice as high a chance to become unemployed. 50 years later, those rates have increased dramatically ,although the average college graduation rate is still low.

Shortly after slavery was abolished, there was much struggle for black people's rights in the 1950's and 60's.

There was much confusion about the idea of equal rights between black and white people. J.F.K called for an act that would allow black people their rights in 1963. By 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed and black people could go into all restaurants, they could go to all schools, and they could vote (to name a few rights).

For some time after the laws were passed though, black people were still being bullied and discriminated against

For some people, old habits don't change easily. Even though there were anti-segregation laws in place, many blacks went home to segregated neighborhoods and apartment blocks.

Discrimination in the world currently

After the events of 9/11, all Muslim men with long beards were suspected to be terrorists and were held in airport security longer to perform searches.

Simply because a man of a certain race has a beard causes suspicion and racial thoughts in this day in age. Clothes from their culture cause people to be scared because of the actions of a small group of people.

Recent terrorist attacks may be causing more and more racist thoughts and comments

On the 13 of November, several terrorist attacks were performed in Paris, France. These attacks may have caused more racial negativity towards the Muslim population as a whole. Confusion and fear may be the driving force of this negativity.

Terrorism has changed the way airports run their security

Airports have changed the way they run security to compensate for terrorism on purpose. Suspicion towards Muslim men getting on planes is discriminatory because most of them are just trying to go to where they need to go with no problems.

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Discrimination in America today

In several political debates, Donald Trump, who is running for president, has stated that he wants to build a wall to keep the Mexicans out

Donald has said that he wants to build a wall to keep the Mexican immigrants out. He also stated that they were resulting in most of America's crime. Which is completely false. That is discriminatory because with no evidence, Trump felt that Mexicans were the source of our problems.

Even though the immigrants are coming in illegally, that is discriminatory towards Latino people because they aren't the only ones entering America

There are other immigrants that are coming into America illegally. Even though approximately 6 million immigrants come from Mexico, there are 1.7 million from South America and Asia.

Trump also stated that most of the new crime in America has resulted from illegal immigrants from Mexico (Which is false)

Crime and immigration have had reverse trajectories since the 1990's. While immigration has increased, crime has decreased. Trump tried to recover by saying that he was referring to the cases where undocumented immigrants have committed crimes or smuggled drugs.

Judgement Towards Strangers

Judgement Towards Strangers

People are afraid of who they don't know and are therefore afraid of their potential to do bad things. I've seen people at our school make fun of or avoid kids who are new or are foreign. I'll admit I have had doubts about new students too.

Prejudice Thoughts Towards Strangers

People may think that all Hispanic people steal or all black people are dangerous and violent. Maybe that is because they have never met a Hispanic person to know how they act.

What could a stranger do?

A stranger may judge you on how you dress because you dress differently than him/her. Another person may be suspicious of you because of your ethnicity. Someone you do not know may judge you for your religious beliefs.

Women's Rights

Major Events in the History of Women's Rights

  • 1919- The US House of Representatives and Senate allowed the suffragettes (women fighting for equal rights) proposed bill to be ratified the states.
  • 1920- The US enacts the 19th amendment which gives everyone the right to vote regardless of gender.
  • 1960- The FDA approves the use of birth control pills.
  • 1963- US passes the Equal Pay Act which makes it illegal to pay women less than men for the same job.
  • 1972- Title IX of Education Rights Amendment is passed. Bans Sex discrimination in schools and as a result more women get involved in athletics and professional degree programs.

In the US women are treated differently than men

  1. As of 2015, women make 79 cents for every dollar a man makes in wages. This is evidence of wage discrimination.
  2. In 2014 over 3000 cases of discrimination of pregnant omen were brought into U.S. courts. This is an example of current gender discrimination against women.
  3. In the United States, more than 80% of all sexual harassment cases were filed by women.

Women are discriminated against world-wide

  1. Girls are seen as less valuable than boys in certain cultures. Some infant girls are killed shortly after birth because the family cannot afford to have many children. In those cultures, male babies are seen as more valuable.
  2. In other countries, girls treated as households slaves. Extreme poverty can increase discrimination.
  3. There are much higher rates of sexual attacks and rapes against women in developing countries than in the US.

Key figures for women's rights today

  1. Hillary Clinton, a US presidential candidate, is fighting for women's rights for equal pay and fair treatment in work environments.
  2. Bernie Sanders, a US presidential candidate, promoting women's rights to choose to have an abortion or not.
  3. Jyothi Gaddam-Pulla, an activist in Portland, is teaching girls about science and math and raising money for STEM education.

Characters and Connections to Make Lemonade

In the book, Make Lemonade, Jolly is a 17 year old mother with no high school diploma and two kids. She is uneducated. She feels constantly discriminated against for her status as a single teen mother and how poor she is. Because of her disadvantage, she has very limited options for work and living arrangements. She probably would be someone who could be taken advantage of easily.

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