Women liberated, women opressed
No oppression of race, creed, or belief comes close to the horror of the strategic and malicious, masculine domination of women. This holds true today, and bold thinking women are continuing a line of questioning that promises to place them in the domain of excellence they have deserved over eons of time.
Think of any oppressed group, and I believe you will find that the faction of women are on the lowest rung, the most abused, the most deprived of rights. Quindlen awakens to her selfhood and authenticity, deciding finally that she is her own person. And, hooray that she can do so.
The powerful empathy and giving nature of women lend them vulnerable, and de Angelis addresses the decision one must make in being altruistic, giving of oneself. The female has the right to determine this boundary, for she is the one oppressed, and there is a fine line between extravagant altruism and oppression.
If any women out there believe the fight is over, I recommend looking to what goes on openly around the world, let alone behind closed doors. From the Huffington Post,"10-Year-Old Girl Dies In Hospital Days After Reported Gang Rape In India." There are countless horrific stories, and not just outside the developing world.
Until women are made truly equal world wide, all humans bear the evil atrocities and smaller offenses, and the mother earth groans under the weight of their blood. Our hands are red.