Women 's Struggles Throughout America 's History Essay

1479 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 6 Pages
Imagine a man who is so smart that he clearly observes major enlightenments and downfalls of a new nation. Now, imagine a man who is so shy he rarely talks to women. These two men are one in the same, more commonly known as, Alexis De Tocqueville. Tocqueville was a great writer, philosopher and overall scholar of his time, but he never could quite figure out one very important piece of the democratic puzzle, women. He spoke highly of the American woman; however, he took diminutive time truly getting to know her or gather her insight. Therefore, he left America with observations on an entire gender that was far from accurate. Tocqueville was on the right track, but his observations were slightly off. Tocqueville noted that women tended to have a high power on defining household rules, but to have said women are equal to men was extremely misleading. Women have faced struggles throughout America’s history, and the feminism movement seen in 2014 clearly shows evidence of how equality is still an issue.
Tocqueville states in his observations of America that he believes women are the singular reason for growth and prosperity in America. He also believes mothers shape America’s social norms, more commonly known as mores. In addition, during his time in America he also observed a great deal of men and women’s interaction, duties and overall thoughts. “America, among the world’s countries, is the one where they have taken the most continual care to draw cleanly separated lines of…

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