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Gender roles of males and females in society have been evident since the very beginning of time In viewing four different films from different time periods it becomes obvious that women are growing and changing as members of society while at the same time some of the basic instincts of male and female roles played in society are so deeply inborn that they are unchangeable Through the examples of Laurel in The Associate Elsie Miss Riley and Dorothy in October Sky Odessa and Miriam in The Long Walk Home and Aunty Entity and Savannah in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome it is evident that the difficulties of being a woman in a mans world still exist It is the growing strength and abilities of women such as these that are making life more liberated for women in the years to come The first film called The Associate depicts the life of a female trying to survive the male business world of the 90s Laurel Ayers an executive on Wall Street was seen as incompetent and was disrespected by her male colleagues based upon her gender She was sent on meaningless assignments such as shopping and was even passed up on a very deserving promotion because she was a woman In order to be taken seriously Laurel created a male business partner in attempts to gain clients and the respect that she deserved Laurel who was very hard-working and extremely dedicated to her work had to overcome the glass ceiling society that women face every day in the workplace Although Laurel had achieved many great things in her profession she was an extremely qualified executive who had to overcome many odds based upon her gender Through her cunning abilities and dedication she ultimately succeeded in creating her own business but she had to work very hard in order to do so The next film based in the 1950s October Sky showed the difficulties of being a woman
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