Henrik Ibsen Early life. Early Early Life. March 20, 1828 - 23 May 1906 T he oldest of five children Born to Marichen Altenburg and Knud Ibsen Wealthy family Bankrupt. Work and Travel. Family life influences work At fifteen, Ibsen forced to leave school Child at 18
By Josh Walsh
By Josh Walsh
By: Joel Johnston
Susan B. Anthony
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Feminism is defined as “the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.”
In the 1800s, and even into the1900s, women were not treated equally to men.
Although one might think that only women support feminism, men also supported this, though to a lesser extent.
Before the 1840s, even women graduating was unheard of. The first woman recorded graduating from college was in 1840.
Defined as “a body of philosophies and ethical perspectives that emphasize the value of human beings, individually andcollectively, and generally place more importance on rational thought than on strict faith or adherence to principle.”
The Humanism movement is attributed with moving scientists as well, as many began to call themselves Humanists in the 19th century. It also likely had a part in developing more atheist movements, as it had a part in the questioning of faiths.
"I am not even quite sure what women's rights really are. To me it has been a question of human rights"
Ibsen likely used Nora as an “everyman,” not just as a female example.
Since women were oppressed at the time and not given equal rights, they could be seen reasonably as a good example of the humanist view.
Popularity of Feminism was fueled greatly by the growth in literacy, which allowed the middle class to have more opportunities for careers and thus for their lives. Feminism was also backed up by the enlightenment, which itself was driven by the growth of science which may have pushed, and been pushed by, the Humanist movement.
However, feminism was not only fueled by the Enlightenment. Many Christians believed in equality as well. These feminists insisted that women’s rights were God-given and should not be curtailed by human custom or law.