Over Louise Raggio’s 50 plus year career, she was prominent in changing the rights for women in Texas, earning her the nickname “Mother of Family Law in Texas.” Surviving the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War, she graduated number two in her class, and found a job as assistant District Attorney in 1954, becoming the first woman prosecutor in a Texas Criminal Court. She supported her family by working, while her husband started his own law firm. Later she quit the DA’s office to join her husband at his firm and practice with him. The 1960s were not the best of times for women.
Prostitution has been around for thousands of years, earning its title as “the oldest profession” (Kolodny) Throughout John Steinbeck’s novel, East of Eden, he mentions prostitution numerous times and describes the places, people, and aspects of the job. Furthermore, he describes Kate’s time in profession, including the types of men she sees, the building she works in, and the details of her boss and coworkers. He describes the struggles that the owners face and the complexity of running the house. Steinbeck describes the job as an undesirable but viable career choice, far different from what it is viewed as today.
To Satisfy the Desires of Women: The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction by Linda Gordon Linda Gordon uses her book The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction to show racial, gender, class, and religious issues in Arizona during the early 1900s. This novel, at first, seems to be about the orphan train that ran from New York City to Arizona. However, the title is misleading, as it suggests to the reader that the novel is focusing on the orphans. Rather, Gordon uses the orphans as a lens through which one can view the inequalities between the people in Arizona.
In New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company employed mostly women to make shirts. The working conditions in this factory were much the same as other factories at this time, that is to say, unsafe. The women had only one exit which became crucially important when in 1911 a fire started and there was only that exit, an elevator, which became completely overwhelmed, and an ill-prepared fire escape that became strained to the point that it broke. In the end, 145 people lay dead, all but 23 of whom were women, and half were teenagers. This tragedy put a spotlight of attention on the plight of women workers and led to the adoption of labor laws that not only imposed strict regulations on factory owners, but actually enforced them.
Dr. H. H. Holmes was a serial killer during the time of the World’s Columbian Exposition. Between the time he arrived in Chicago and the time of his death, it is said to be that he killed several hundred people. Holmes was born and raised in New Hampshire but eventually found his way to Chicago. He was a different man and found joy in killing humans. Most of his murders occurred in his Castle in Englewood near Chicago.
The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with luminous paint at the United States Radium factory in Orange, New Jersey, around 1917.’This statement/expiations was from the article called,” Radium Girls” from the wed cite https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radium_Girls. The radium girl where started during the 1920’s when a” wristwatch with a glow-in-the-dark dial” (this is from the article called Mae Keane, One Of The Last 'Radium Girls,' Dies At 107 found in the link below.) Radium is a glowed and fizzed substance. Mae Keane from the article ‘Mae Keane, One Of The Last 'Radium Girls,' Dies At 107’ she say, ‘… she didn't like the taste of the radium paint. It was gritty’.
Hell's Belles is a book that covers prostitution, gambling and crime in Denver back in the early days just as the title describes it. The book starts by introducing us to a man named Sam Howe and giving us a basic overview of his early life, he was a civil war solider who came to Denver after the war. While in Denver he made up his fame by becoming a police officer for the then city of Denver. He was among the first and one of the finest men in the force. He was a hug influence for the police force and helped them get established.
In the reading “Murder of Helen Jewett”, Patricia Cohen main argument is on how polarizing society was on the topic of prostitution in the 1800’s, and the different treatment that men, and women had to face (Cohen, P. 1998, pg.65 & 75). Women who were seen walking alone in the streets were considered to be prostitutes, and as being out of place, while men did not have to face the same prejudice (Cohen, P. 1998, pg.65 & 66). Even the way that newspapers covered the murder of Helen Jewett shows the polarization that existed in the 1800’s on the topic of prostitution, and the role of women, and men. Some newspaper writers such as James Gordon Bennett, sexualized, sensualized and tried to portray Helen Jewett in a positive light in order to persuade
In the early 1900s, women’s health was non-existent. It was not taught in school, it was never spoken about in the media, and many women themselves had no knowledge about reproductive health. During this time it was common to see women with ten, fifteen, even twenty pregnancies throughout their lives. Men and women both were often unaware on how to plan or prevent a pregnancy and birth control was pronounced illegal. Consequently, this was also a period of high childbirth mortality, as well as a time where many women were dying due to self-induced or “back-alley” abortions.
Since the beginning of time there have always been clicks and groups that were made up of people who had the same goals in mind or same interests. However, nowadays gangs consist mostly of people who commit the same type of crimes together that involve drug charges or murders. Gangs noticeably started getting their “bad image” beginning with a man named Al Capone. The rebellion started with the prohibition era. Al Capone was the most powerful gangster in Chicago during this era.
"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." —Madeleine Albright. In the 19th century, women did not have many rights to their name. They could not vote, they could not own property, and even speaking in public was looked down upon. Anti-slavery advocates existed, but women’s rights advocates did not. However, women began to speak out for their beliefs and slowly but surely, a women’s rights movement arose.
All the reporters and fame is great, but i didn't do it all alone. The fight for women’s rights really took off, when my good friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton and I founded NAWSA. We truly were unstoppable. We had so much knowledge to fight back with. Day after day people would turn us down because we were women.