The Gettysburg Address: Then and Now

Women have come a long way from where they started to today. (CX) A battle for equality began and has been going on since the beginning of time. (CX) In the USA, the battle was vigorous in the early 1900′s. (IC) Women were finally granted the right to vote in 1920 after a long series of strikes, protests, and fights, and Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman of the supreme court in 1981. (CD-CX) However, the job is not done. (IC) America still has more that needs to be done to create equality between men and women. (CX)

Many problems still exist for women. (IC) For example, some women are still over- sexualized, unable to get an abortion, receive birth-control, and there has yet to be a female president. (IC) One very important problem that is shocking is that women are still paid less than men. (CX) As of 2014, women only make $0.77 for every dollar a man makes. (CX) Even after all of the fighting for equality, women are still getting the short end of the stick. (CX) This problem goes unnoticed, but it should be fixed soon. (CD) Women didn’t come all this way for this. (IC)

An example of a place that discriminates against women is Walmart. (CX) Surprisingly, in 2001, on average, women were paid $5,200 less a year than men in the same position. (IC) In 2011, the supreme court heard the largest case about gender equality ever. (IC) It was called the Dukes vs. Walmart case where 1.5 million women accused Walmart of being unequal. (CX) The women ended up losing, and never got their equality that they deserve. (CD-CX)

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