Women’s to divide us. Do not try to divide

Women’s rights has always been a controversial topic throughout years. At the Women’s Right March in Washington D.C. back in January, Gloria Steinem, a feminist and women’s right activist, spoke to a pinked out crowd full of eager ladies and men who were ready for change. In Steinem’s speech, she builds her argument by using ethos in which she adds credibility with reputable sources, successfully employs an emotional appeal for her audience by adding pathos, and cities logos throughout her speech.      One appeal that is strongly shown throughout her speech is ethos. Steinem was able to use words such as, “we” and “us”, in a way that helps her relate to her audience. This speech is mainly pointed towards women, Gloria Steinem, being a woman herself that believes in equal rights for women gives her enough credibility towards what she is preaching to her audience. Through her use of diction, the author puts herself in the same position as her spectators, “We are here and around the world for a deep democracy that says we will not be quiet, we will not be controlled, we will work for a world in which all countries are connected” (Steinem 11).  Steinem also develops her speech by adding reputable sources such as, Hillary Clinton, a woman who is also known for standing up for women’s rights. She describes the ways that Clinton has braced women’s equality, “And now Hillary Clinton is alive and definitely not in jail. She who told the whole world that women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights. So crucial, when collectively violence against females in the world has produced a world in which for the first time there are fewer females than males” (Steinem 5).     Steinem also develops her essay using pathos with a strong syntax on emotional appeals. The speech overall is very powerful and portrays many emotions within. Steinem is very demanding and stern while portraying her message, giving a sense of intimidation to those who are listening, but most importantly she is potentially creating an instinctive state of mind for her audience, “So don’t try to divide us. Do not try to divide us. If you force Muslims to register, we will all register as Muslims”(Steinem 6). She also uses a strong point of view on the president of the United States which can fury those listening, “Trump and his handlers have found a fox for every chicken coop in Washington…When we elect a possible president we too often go home. We’ve elected an impossible president, we’re never going home. We’re staying together. And we’re taking over” (Steinem 6). Once again her stern and demanding words creating emotions within her listeners. Steinem makes a quick remark to logos in her speech by citing the American Psychiatric Association doctor’s logic on Donald Trump’s mental stability.  Trump’s mental instability makes him completely unable to a country and deal with issue such as woman’s rights and equality. “Some very experienced doctors of the American Psychiatric Association have publicly written to warn us that, and I quote, “His widely reported symptoms of mental instability, including grandiosity, impulsivity, hyper-sensitivity to criticisms, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality, lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office”(Steinem 6). His administration is a huge threat to this issue, threatening to create policies against abortion and defunding planned parenthood. Women’s rights has always been a controversial topic throughout years. Steinem a feminist converys this issue in her speech by building an argument using ethos by adding credibility with reputable sources, she accomplishes this by using correct diction. She successfully employs pathos by using an emotional appeal throughout her speech for her audience. And uses remarks towards Trump and his administration by using logos.