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Speaking and Listening Women in Society

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Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen, First of all I would like to start off with a joke, from the point of view of a man, about driving. "Driving to the office this morning on the motorway, I looked over to my left and there was a woman in a brand new Jaguar doing 90mph with her face up next to her rear-view mirror putting on her eyeliner. I looked away for a couple of seconds and when I looked back she was halfway over in my lane, still working on that make-up. It scared me so badly; I dropped my electric shaver, which knocked the donut out of my other hand. In all the confusion of trying to straighten out the car using my knees against the steering wheel, it knocked the mobile phone away from my ear which fell into the coffee between my legs, splashed and burned big Jim and the twins, causing me to scream, which made me drop the cigarette out of my mouth, ruined the damn phone and disconnected an important call. Bloody women drivers!" For those of you in the audience who are easily offended, that was your cue to leave. Tonight, I'd like to talk to you about the roles of men and women. I will be debating the theory 'A woman's place is in the home.' My view on this topic: NO! My first topic is Women and History. Over the years, men have made many big mistakes; for example, it has always been men, or men's direct/indirect actions that have been the cause of many wars, most famous killers have been men, and men have done many atrocious things that women would never have done if they were in charge. There have been many male leaders and dictators who have caused pain and misery in the world. Adolf Hitler - the man who was responsible for the Holocaust and World War II; Josef Stalin - the leader in the fight against Capitalism and the ...read more.


For most of her ninety years, Nightingale pushed for reform of the British military health-care system and with that the profession of nursing started to gain the respect it deserved. Florence Nightingale's two greatest life achievements--pioneering of nursing and the reform of hospitals--were amazing considering that most Victorian women of her age group did not attend universities or pursue professional careers. It was her father, William Nightingale, who believed women, especially his children, should get an education. Another of these great women is Marie Curie. Marie Curie, or rather Marya Sklodowska, was born in Warsaw on November 7, 1867. Through her discovery of radium in 1898, Marie Curie paved the way for nuclear physics and cancer therapy. Marie's husband, Pierre tested radium on his skin. It caused a burn, and then a wound: its effect on man was thus proven. Soon radium was being used to treat malignant tumors: Curietherapy was born. In 1903, Marie defended her thesis. The Curies were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for their discovery of natural radioactivity. Their happiness was short lived. In 1906, Pierre, weakened by radiation and overworked, was run over by a car. Marie was forced to continue alone. She took charge of educating her two children; she took up the position which her husband had finally obtained at the Sorbonne, and thus became the first woman to be appointed professor there. She also had to fight the prejudices of her day: hatred of foreigners and sexism, which, in 1911, prevented her from entering the Academy of Science. But then war broke out. "We must act, act," she would say, motivating her daughter Ir´┐Żne to follow suit. She felt that X-rays would help to locate shrapnel and bullets, and facilitate surgery; also, that it was important not to move the wounded, whenever possible. And so she created X-ray vans. But she did not stop there, and went on to provide equipment for hospitals. ...read more.


A woman can make a romantic evening unforgettable. Women come in all sizes, in all shapes and colours. They live in homes, apartments and cabins. They drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show you how much they care about you. The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin! Women do more than just give birth, they bring joy and hope. They give compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends, and all they want back is a hug, a smile and for you to do the same with who you come into contact with. Men - Men are good at lifting stuff." Women can offer a lot of things in the workplace. Compassion, understanding, sympathy, common sense. For example: "If three wise women had traveled to Bethlehem, they would have asked for directions, arrived in time to deliver the baby and brought practical gifts like nappies, bottles and a breast pump. They would have cleaned the stables, made a casserole and there would have been peace on Earth for evermore." Men usually do not seem to have much common sense, or if they do, they don't use it very often. For example: "Moses wandered in the desert for 40 years. He wouldn't ask for directions. A man would rather be burnt at the stake than admit to a woman that he's lost." In my view, a woman's place is where she is most effective, where she is most needed. It is a woman's decision where she wants to be, not a man's. Women have a lot more to offer than just being at home. I believe than men and women are equal. Women may even be better, but we'll never know if we can't break free from the male chauvinist pigs of our time. Men have been suppressing women and their views for hundreds of years. Men have ruled over women for far too long. I say: it's our turn! By Patricia Bielby. ...read more.

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