oppression health Essay

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In today’s society, women are faced with oppression in many different ways, whether they are denied a promotion at their job over a man of equal or lesser ability or qualification, or brought up to act a certain way as a female member of society. A female’s fight against oppression is certainly a difficult one, and one that depending on the woman and the society in which she lives may follow her throughout her entire life. Oppression is a type of injustice the inequitable use of authority, law, or physical force to prevent others from being free or equal. The verb oppress can mean to keep someone down in a social sense, and that’s just what society does to women. It can also mean to mentally burden someone, such as with the psychological weight of an oppressive idea. Women have been oppressed since one can remember. Women have been unjustly held back from achieving full equality for much of human history in many societies around the world. From religion, to what we look like to our rights not just in our own homes but in the work place, to who we can love have made us oppressed and looked down on for centuries.
Throughout United States history oppression of people has always been prominent, whether through African American's and segregation or Asian American's during the Vietnam War. What is often ignored is our history of the oppression of women. No matter what time in history, there is always a case to be found of the discrimination over gender. Many people know of how African American's came into freedom and the long perilous road it took, but few know the struggles, changes and hardships that women have perceived to get where they are today. As the civil war halted and industrialization and urbanization came into play, the role of women changed dramatically and their status in the…