It’s important to remember our history as American women. The Women’s Reform Movement was crucial in the U.S. because it was a precursor to women being able to vote. Some of the key leaders were Susan B Anthony, Anna Howard Shaw, Carrie Chapman Catt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone. They used various strategies such as lectures, pamphlets, lobbying for better education, women’s labor unions, speeches, and conventions. Speeches, particularly the one made by Susan B. Anthony, were influential in affecting the way people viewed the rights of women.
However, this incident did not stop Anthony from achieving her goal. Anthony continued to fight for the rights the American women deserved. Anthony’s perseverance contributed greatly to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women their right to vote. Susan B. Anthony, born on February 5, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts, always had an interest in social equality issues, like her parents, Daniel Anthony and Lucy Read Anthony. In addition to her parents influence on Anthony’s interest, Anthony experienced unjust treatments since she was a little child.
ISTORICAL CONTENT Sojourner Truth was a very strong speaker who had a very strong opinion on women's rights and equality among races. She was born into slavery but fought her way out. She spread the truth about slavery around the nation. In the 1850, slavery was a very important subject in America. The African Americans were solded in the south to plantations to help with farming.
Furthermore, don’t forget that women fought for 70 years to convince the people, that women’s opinions matter to the country and its prosperity. Women prove themselves as capable as men, and they should be treated just as equal as men.
Most people think that women voting now a days is normal but it was only not too long ago, on August 18, 1920, that women first gained the right to vote. Securing the right to vote for women was not easy and took many years for the 19th Amendment to finally be ratified. The 19th Amendment granted American women the right to vote and states that the right of citizens shall not be denied by the United States or by any state because of ones’ gender (“19th Amendment”). Many different groups and conventions were formed to help spread the word that women should be able to have the right to vote. Within these groups were many different suffragettes that helped win the vote at last.
The social aspect of the abolition movement led to the visible democratic changes in society and politics. The Wilmot Proviso, which was proposed and written in 1846, provided an example of an opposing view in this controversial topic. The demand for abolition in America opened the doors for women to fight for their rights, too.
Stanton’s upbringing played a major role in her participation in the woman’s rights and suffrage movements. She was the daughter of a wealthy family that afforded her the opportunity of a great education, which included practical law skills from her father (National Parks Service, n.d.). Equipped with knowledge, Stanton became one of the most well known voices of woman suffrage and helped to create the First Women’s Rights Convention in 1848 (National Parks Service, n.d.). Her main goal was a “broader, more radical vision of complete gender equality,” (Hogan, 2006, p.1). Stanton continuously strived to make women seen as equals to men in all aspects of life.
As, being a woman I have the privilege to take part in political and social affairs such as voting and being able to obtain an education. Due to all the influential women such as Susan B Anthony, Lucretia Mott etc. having fought for women’s rights have given women a chance to voice their opinion on political matters and represent their individuality in today’s society. The feminist movement led to significant changes within education for women as educational institutions welcomed women. Due to these changes women were able to obtain education, which still continues today, as I am personally able to attend a university in order to obtain a degree allowing me to enter different fields at the same level as men within the society.
Douglass worked towards improved race conditions and women's issues. During the Civil War, he argued that slaves should have the right to fight for their freedom. The emancipation and suffrage of freedpeople were his concerns to solve during the Reconstruction Era. Douglass was still actively fighting for the equality of African Americans and women despite the emergence of white supremacist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan. (His courage contributed to find solutions ("moral transformation"5)for "slavish personality"6, which abolitionists faced a dilemma between slave and free political communities. )
One of the most well-known entertainers of the world, Beyoncé, is part of the best singers in the music industry. She is, somehow, considered to be a great example of the Feminist movements for showing off the talents of the femininity. The Feminist Movement started in the 1840’s, but it didn’t really expand until the 1960’s after Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique was published. In that book, Betty encourages women to change the way society view them as the ideal employment for them is to stay at home mom and wife voice their opinions and fight for equality of the sexes. Feminism, in fact, is groups that fight for women’s right and equality between the sexes.