Hi everyone! My name is Ziyu and this is my very first post. I need help from someone who knows a lot about US history. Are there any people(dead or alive) or cases that can justify whether US is a sexist country or not? This is very urgent. Could anybody please reply as soon as posible? Thank you very much.
You don't have to look too far...Condoleezza Rice!
(I kind of figure out what you were looking for after reading your profile)
have a nice day!
I'd say this depends on where you are exactly. The US is an incredibly large country, so large that the differences between local attitudes (sexual, political and otherwise) vary greatly. If you go to a major metropolitan center (NYC, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, etc) people are generally (though not entirely) more progressive-minded. Some people would say this is basically true of both east and west coasts. However if you happen to find yourself in the Deep South or perhaps in the midwest region people tend to be far more conservative, and that may include older, more traditional attitudes towards women, which sometimes gets expressed as opposing "feminism."
So it's too simple to answer "yes" or "no" to your question, but I'd say that in comparison w/ the rest of the world the US ranks better than most in respecting women, even if it is not perfect.
The US Congress is comprised of 540 members - 84 (15%) of them are women.
Membership of the 109th Congress: A Profile
Hilary Rodham Clinton
(I think this kind of applies to Canada too, since we are basically the same)
I think there is a very subtle, yet still very prevalent note of sexism in the United States (and Canada) today. I think "Unpacking the Knapsack [PDF]" is required reading.