Feminism Comparison 2019

By , May 4, 2015 5:46 pm




In class Thurs. May 30, Fri.May 31, Mon. June 3.

Due by the end of class on Mon. June 3. 

You will be comparing western and non-western women’s rights. You’ll be doing this by analyzing patterns of continuity and change.

Write, by hand, in your HTC journal. No typed assignments will be accepted. Please write neatly and double spaced.


Suggested Process:

  1. read over the timelines
  2. within each, annotate for patterns of continuity and change
  • perhaps highlight in different colours
    • contintuity
    • change
    • progress
    • decline
    • turning points
    • start to identify different sub-topics (e.g., education, fertility rates)


Once you have your basic ideas in place, organize your comparison. 

Side-by-side Method

You can compare side-by-side, meaning one sub-topic at a time, that includes both countries. Just make sure the first sentence of each paragraph makes it clear what the sub-topic being compared is (i.e., education). The number of paragraphs would depend on the number of sub-topics. 


Country Method

Or, you can do one country at a time. Then at the end you’d bring them together for the analysis. That would end up as three paragraphs. This version is harder, if you ask me.


Intro and Conclusion

Whichever structure you choose, a short intro is required – doesn’t need to be long or deep – even a sentence to explain your purpose would be okay.

The conclusion should directly state who experienced more continuity or change: women in China or US. The conclusion should be longer than the intro but it doesn’t need to summarize all of your sub-topics.


Importance of COMPARISON and HTC Analysis

Either way, you really need to emphasize the comparison – your write-up should not just be a list of facts about women in each country.

The other thing you have to make sure to do is analyze the pattern of continuity and change within each group of women.

  • progress and/or decline
  • overlap of continuity and change
  • turning points (don’t forget that before and after need to be shown and you need to identify whether the criteria is pace of change or direction of change)
  • use of HTC vocabulary

Vocabulary starter list: (see HTC page for complete list)

Change: evolution, revolution, stray, develop, speed up

Progress: benefit, improve, develop, advance, innovate

Decline: suffer, harm, spiral down, reverse, slow down, regress, collapse, slide

Continuity: same, tradition, holdover, hang onto, preserve, perpetuate


Comparative Vocabulary:

Similarity: likewise, similarly

Differences: by contrast, whereas, instead, on the one hand/on the other hand, yet, but, conversely




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