What type of people tended to lead the way in advocating for women?

Write a minimum of 750 words excluding title and Works Cited (recommended maximum of 1000) double spaced. Choose one image from the PowerPoint presentations or from the textbook. At the start of your paper, specify which image you are using and why as you use that image to begin your reflection. As you write, consider the following and answer the questions below:
• Many western ideas were challenged between 1500 and 1800 (the size of the world; the authority of the church; the laws of the universe). Christine de Pizan’s lonely cries in the 1400’s about the equality of women seem to find a larger echo in this later period, culminating in Poullain de la Barre’s declaration that ‘the mind has no sex’ and Mary Wollstonecraft’s ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Women’.
o In this paper, you should explain what our readings this week reveal about the difficulties most women faced when trying to break out of social and cultural views about women. To do this, answer the following questions:
1. What type of people tended to lead the way in advocating for women? What role did education play? Give specific examples from Europe and North America.
2. Why do you think that even when some women and men began to speak out about women’s potential it took so long for societies as a whole to adopt more open views? Give specific examples.
3. Was it easier for women in certain social classes; was it easier in Europe or North America? Give evidence for your answers.
In your answers to these questions include specific examples of women – from Europe and from North America – who broke out of the typical “mold” for women and use their experiences to illustrate your main ideas. Do not go past the year 1800 with your examples.

Required Reading:

http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/home.html
Powerpoints attatched below
French & Poska, chapters 7 and 8 (Women and Gender in the Western Past -1500 To Present -Volume II) If you cant access it, no problem.

Rubric for grading
 Writing is grammatically correct and meaning is clear; meets minimum length; citations follow MLA format (1 point)
 Demonstrates an understanding of the main intellectual changes that impacted women during this period and their implications and limitations as well as the impact of social class and geographical location (Europe and North America) on women’s opportunities (3 points)
 Effectively explains opening image and uses textual examples to illustrate and support main points (2 points)