The Fight for Women’s Independence When thinking about the Revolutionary War, we think about the American colonist fighting against British rule for America’s freedom. In Carol Berkin’s book, Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the struggle for America’s Indepe6ndence, we are shown through women’s eyes how the war affects them, and not just the army’s that fought in the war. The war saw changes in women that were different than their style of life had been, although not always recognized by the men who fought the war. Berkin argues that women were still treated the same as before the war, no matter the struggle for independence for their nation and themselves. I agree with Carol Berkin, because women did what they could at home or in the front
The Civil war brought large amounts of despair for people of both the North and the South. However, women during this time period were subject to a new sense of opportunity that would that would influence many to become leaders and take on important roles both on and off the battlefield. On the battle field many women were nurses and helped take care of soldiers who were wounded while others actually fought in the war disguised as men. Furthermore, women had important roles besides helping on the frontlines. Many took on new roles at home when the men in the family left to fight in the war.
Women were forced to take charge over their families and even on the battlefront. This was very intriguing to society because the roles that that they took on were not expected of their gender. Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America 's Independence illustrates the historical events of different groups of women and simply how women from a variety of backgrounds existed. The relationship between men and women of this time was questionable. Women exhibited signs of bravery and responsibility.
It was very surprising when a woman would try to become more independent such as Harriet Tubman, who left her husband in order to help free the slaves. Events such as these did not happen often. During the time before the Civil War, there was also struggle for equality. Those who tried to defy the roles of perceived women were later considered courageous although they were defying most respectable standards
Hundreds of thousands of men risked their lives in the Civil War, but history tends to leave out all the women who went against what society believed and courageously contributed their efforts to the fight. American women witnessed their fathers, husbands, and brothers go off to fight in the Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865. These women held the choice to watch the battles and all the action from their homes or to stand up for their beliefs and find a way to help. Their contribution, whether it be on the battlefront or along the sidelines, forced American society to rethink the stereotypical submissiveness of the traditional housewife and served as a push in the ongoing struggle for gender equality. As a whole, women found many ways to contribute a great deal
When most people think of the Revolutionary War, they envision heroic battles fought by men such as George Washington and Paul Revere. But equally important in America’s victory were the heroic deeds of the women of the time, both on the front lines and behind the scenes.. One of the first ways women got involved in the revolutionary movement was by boycotting British items. Men believed that it was going to be hard to get the women to boycott, however it was not (Slavicek 17). Since the Patriots would not buy supplies from the British, women now needed to step up and take the job of making their own cloth and turning it into clothes (Slavicek). Women also banded together and began signing petitions which was almost unheard of during this time
There were also those who would hide their gender in order to fight. There were also some women who would go out and go to the enemy’s side to overhear their plans. Martha Washington visited the camp frequently and stayed and encouraged them throughout the days and nights. Martha was staying with her son Jacky and his wife Eleanor “Nellie.” Because George told them to stay with her, but she left
The life of Women in the late 1800s. Life for women in the 1800s began to change as they pushed for more rights and equality. Still, men were seen as better than women, this way of thinking pushed women to break out from the limitations imposed on their sex. In the early 1800s women had virtually no rights and ultimately were not seen as people but they rather seen as items of possession, it wasn’t until the late 1800s that women started to gain more rights. The Civil War actually opened opportunities for women to gain more rights, because with many of the men gone to war women were left with the responsibilities that men usually fulfilled during that time period.
Women were limited to certain jobs. Society went back and forth on whether or not women should be part of the jobs previously reserved for men. During the time of the war six million women went to work for jobs such as factory workers, quality-control inspectors, assembly-line workers, and weapons manufacturers. After the war, women kept fighting for the power to work just as men did. Common careers for women were jobs such as, nursing, teaching, sales work, and library services (Amundsen).
Women’s Suffrage Movement If you had lived in the 1800s, would you have fought for Women’s Rights or would you have decided to be a bystander? Throughout history women have always been ruled by men. At the start of the 1800s, women would have had only one right and that was being a housewife. Although women had no rights, women later raised their voices in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. It gave women the right to vote which had an enormous impact on American society and culture and subsequently lead to other major benefits for women.
“War will exact its victims of both sexes,” Belle Boyd mused, “and claims the hearts of women no less than the bodies of men.” When the United States had gone to war for World War II, women were left in charge of the household since the men had to leave the country. As men were fighting in World War II, women had taken over the workforce in company factories or organizations. This was a big step for women because they finally got to experience what being independent felt like. However, although many women liked the workforce department other women wanted to do more for their country. Most women did not want to be simple housewives or workers because they thought it made them feel inferior to men.
Soon other groups, catching the vision of “feminine loyalty,” would follow suit and bring their own brand of patriotism into the mix and include such groups as The National Society United States Daughters of 1812, War Mothers of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary to name a few. At the end of the Civil War, many women from southern states decided to form the organization called the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Their goal of banding together was to honor those who died in service of the Confederacy. Although these groups spent considerable time on the side of “Honoring and preserving the traditions of their ancestors and the spirit of patriotism,” many would shift their efforts to include the preservation of national memories as well as by “Acquainting the public with a true and complete history of the United States”. In order to reach the greater public, they awarded those in the public forum with medals for excelling in debates and essays over historical topics.
Propaganda was used again to persuade women to join the war effort and help supply the men overseas. Even though there was an increase in employment for women, younger women who had small children were left with very little options for employment opportunities. An American social and cultural figure was created during this time called, Rosie the Riveter, she was created to recruit women into these “male” jobs or industrial jobs during the war. As the war ended, so did the flood of women’s employment in these industrialized jobs. Women
Some disguised as men, fought at the side of the rest of the troops. Some women went into war to share trials of their loved ones. Others has a desire for adventure, the promise of reliable wages, or ardent patriotism. Some notable women from the war include Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Clara Barton. Harriet Beecher Stowe was born June 14th, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut.
Throughout American history women were put on the backburner with rights that a man had. When the American Revolution started women thought that they would have rights as a man, such as having a job and not staying home to care for the children constantly. These women came to what soon would become America for a change in their life and to stand by their man. Although it can be argued that it is important to keep the house tidy and children in check, does this really mean you are a bad wife if you do not want to do this? When war broke out women took to the fields as nurses and would bring water to the men.