Opening paragraph: Women’s rights in the Middle East involve ONE Increased Economic Capability; TWO The Secularization of Society; and THREE The Diminishing of Traditional Gender Roles.
II. ONE: Increased Economic Capability: Having more freedom economically is an important socio-economic factor in global markets.
1. More women being educated
2. Women dominate the workforce
III. TWO: The Secularization of Society: A patriarchal society that adheres to traditional gender roles has limited the perceived progress of women in middle eastern countries, but globalization has caused changes in the Muslim world.
1. Islam is the dominant faith
2. Muslim countries traditionally extremely patriarchal
3. Collectivist nature
4. American influence
5. Globalism positively affected the region’s economy
6. Technological advances
IV. THREE: The Diminishing of Traditional Gender Roles: Greatly impacted by globalization.
1. Severe rules for women
2. Regulated by Sharia law
3. Considered legally inferior in some areas
4. Lack of women’s rights gains attention
5. Greater freedoms
6. The growing influence of women
XI. Closing Paragraph: Globalization facilitated the growth of women’s rights in Muslim countries.
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