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What exactly does the Personal Is Political mean and what does it have to do with me?
  • The right to vote.
  • The right to be protected against domestic abuse, sexual harassment, and rape under the law.
  • The right to receive an equal wage.
  • The right to be promoted, despite whether or not you have children, despite your gender, based solely upon your work performance.
  • The right to quality healthcare.
  • The right to have access to birth control.
  • The right to choose.
  • The right to have a career, a family, or both.
  • The right to marry, despite your sexual orientation.
  • The right to choose your path in life, and not have gender roles assign your path in life.
  • The right to quality daycare.
  • The right to be represented in our political and religious institutions.
  • The right to speak your mind, instead of being dismissed because you are a woman.
  • The right to have impossible beauty standards removed from your life.
  • The right to have a job in a traditional male-dominated field.
  • The right to financial independence.
These are instances of when the personal is the political.  The "personal is the political" is the mantra of the feminist movement which first made it's way to the mouths of activits in the 1960's. These activists, often called Second-Wave feminist, made great strides for the women in this country. However, as time goes on, so do the problems that women face.
This website was created to share, educate, and inform how the personal really is the political and the importance of recognizing this face for women all over the world and for the generations to come. This issued do not only affect women. They affect children. They affect men. They affect our cultures, ethnicities, and societies.
This website is divided into four main categories: Violence against women, Sexual health, Work, and society. Some topics that will be covered on this site include: rape, domestic violence, equal pay, women and welfare, and media pressures on women. There is also information on what the Women's Movement has achieved, what life was like before the Women's Movement, what the personal is political means to each of the authors of this site, and links for your reference to learn more.
This website was created by Sarah Christensen, Scott Peach, and Amanda Stevens as their final project for Women's Studies 101, taken through UW Colleges Online and taught by Dr. Holly Hassel.
We hope that you find your experience here to be enjoyable, enlightening, and even a little bit educational.
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