"Equal Rights For Women" Summary
In her 1969 "Equal Rights for Women" speech, Shirley Chisholm addressed a reluctant Congress, and brought to light the parallels between racial discrimination and unequal workplace representation that women faced in the United States. She initiated her appeal by explaining that women are thought of as incapable, and questioned the gender stereotypes by asking why it is "acceptable for women to be secretaries, librarians, and teachers," but not to hold positions of high rank. Such a combative start to her argument served to relay a sense of exigence to a closed-minded male audience that did not agree with the issues she was presenting. She continued the argument against of workplace inequality by presenting distressing statistics; "although there are 3 ½ million more women than men in America, they hold only two percent of managerial positions, two percent of Congressional seats, and have no representation on the Supreme Court or in the Cabinet." Chisholm went on to explain the discrimination that she experienced throughout her life for being a black woman, and emphasized that she felt more ostracized for being female than for the color of her skin. Through these statements, Chisholm drew a connection between race and gender which ultimately strengthened her argument. She concluded that, if the Civil Rights movement was able to gain such momentum, Second Wave Feminism could have such potential as well. She spent the latter part of her speech proposing an Equal Rights Amendment by forming counter-arguments and refuting them; one counter-argument being that women are already protected under the law and don't need legislation, and the second being that passing the amendment would eliminate legislation giving special protection to women and throw the marriage and divorce laws into chaos. Through statistical evidence, parallels to similar movements, and a prepared defense strategy, Shirley Chisholm successfully argued for an Equal Rights Amendment.

Audience analysis:
The audience of this summary is English 101 students, which is who are mostly freshmen in college. Due to the young age of the audience, it is important that this summary is concise, but still informative about Shirley Chisholm's "Equal Rights for Women" speech. Her address to Congress was a crucial stepping stone in the fight for equal rights for women, and the movement she helped lead shaped what our world is today. Many students are not very familiar with Chisholm and her effect on the movement, so the objective of this summary is to highlight her beliefs and style in a way that gives students a general understanding of who she was, not only as a leader of a movement, but as a woman.
Hey guys! Really nice work here. I think you're showing some major strengths in this summary.
First, you've managed to do something most groups either didn't attempt or didn't achieve. You've addressed the resonance and power of Chisholm's speech without editorializing (meaning adding your own opinions or arguments). That's really sophisticated stuff! I did note one place where you moved into that kind of editorializing, so check that out.

Second, your sentence level writing is mostly quite precise. You use high level diction, without often being too florid or overwrought. That's an important skill in terms of being understood. Bright writers often get caught up in complexity for complexity's sake. You haven't fallen into that trap—this simple and clear to read, and that is important. See notes for places to further hone that.

Third, you wrote a thesis that encapsulated (and showed you "got") the speech's major ideas. And you followed that thesis through to the end.
Very nice work! Keep it up and see my marginal notes for changes!-CB