Two things that were extremely important to the basic societal functions of colonial American society were women and the church. Much different from today’s world, woman’s main purpose in this society was to give birth to children and provide dowries to their husbands at marriage. The church was obviously there to provide a moral compass and rule to the people of this age. How do women and the church relate however? The relationship between these figures however is important to understanding how colonial Latin America worked especially when we discuss marriage and social standing.
The women’s suffrage movement paved the way for equal voting rights for all women throughout the twentieth century. Many strong and inspiring women fought for the rights that we now have today. One of them, including Alice Paul. Paul played a major role in pressuring Congress to pass the 19th amendment. Instead of sitting quietly in peaceful protests and campaigns, she refused to be a small voice in a sea of power-hungry men and oppressed women and made herself and women’s struggles known to America.
But thanks to the women’s suffrage movement courage and tenacity women gained their right and went on to fight for equal representation in other fields such as in the courtroom, marriage, and job market. A world without women’s rights would look like Margaret Atwood famous dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.” In the story, the government suspends the US Constitution and revokes all women’s rights, and establish a new regime largely based on the hierarchical model of the Old Testament inspired social and religious fanaticism. In this society women’s rights are strictly curtailed, the women are physically segregated by the color of clothing — blue, red, green, striped and white - to signify social class and assigned position ranked highest to
World War I transformed the country from it’s old traditional ways to a new influential era known as the 1920’s or the “Roaring 20’s”. It changed the way society viewed women, African Americans, and immigrants. The 1920’s also placed a distinctive line between Americans, especially Americans for and against prohibition. By the 1920’s “Flappers” became the new face of women all over the nation. Women were beginning to reject Victorian morality; they wore shorter skirts, put on more makeup, and smoked (document 3).
Renaissance age is also considered as the age of rebirth of women which made new discoveries to improve their poor condition. Marrying and taking care of their children and household was their main job or duty. If they had no male relative then they were forced to become nuns for the rest of their lives. There was no class difference, women of all the classes were expected to do all kinds of jobs. Some women were told to help their husbands in running their business as well.
This movement fought for the right for women to vote because women were denied the democratic rights that were given to men and were forced to focus on the cult of domesticity. The movement started in the late eighteenth century however it was renewed during the Second Great Awakening when reform movements started gaining popularity. The suffrage movement was aided by the abolition movement because slavery gave women a reason to unite for a separate cause. This was a new reform movement, unlike women’s suffrage and abolition, which both had roots that were as deep as those of the country’s, and was unique because of the unusually undemocratic responses that society and its people reacted with. Unlike abolition and women’s suffrage, the asylum and penitentiary reform movement did not gather popularity
The men would have the children and the property under their name leaving the women under no set back, women were say as inferior, only being expected to do house work and not be involved in politics, women didn’t have the same rights that men did and were always ranked lower than men. McClung saw this injustice and therefore she aimed to give women equal rights as men.
A Response to Jane Addams Primary Document Why Women Should Vote On August 19, 1920 the 19th Amendment was ratified, finally giving women the right to vote. But what instances led up to this pivotal moment in history? Jane Addams does a great service in providing thorough information as to the reasons why women should be given this right in her document, Why Women Should Vote. She writes that this document is an attempt to show how women of that time were failing in their daily duties in the home due to a lack of conscience in the outside world around them. She believes that if women were given a say so, the streets would be cleaner, the food would be cleaner, and the rate of children dying from deadly diseases would drastically drop.
The people working towards gaining suffrage not only had their own movement, but those in opposition to women 's suffrage had a movement of their own. The Anti-Suffragists, as they were called, chose a red rose as their symbol, saying that it symbolized the American family (Christian, B-1). They also organized themselves and formed the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage. It wasn 't difficult for people to oppose the idea of suffrage for women, because at the time, it seemed like an incredibly outlandish idea. Although the Anti-Suffrage movement was strong, the Suffrage movement was stronger.
Women such as, Mary Wollstonecraft, a women’s advocate, who demanded that women be given proper education and opportunities and be allowed to grow in terms of a whole to equal those of men. They recognized and pointed out the causes of women suppression; false moral codes and traditions which only strengthen such stereotypes. Virginia Woolf in her book, ‘A Room of One’s Own’, writes about how women should have a space to themselves in which they are free to do as they please. She fortifies the thought that, women should be financially autonomous as well as professionally. Woolf’s writing had witnessed the great shock of the First World War, causing rifts to appear in the conventions of the then present society, creating a rapid and vast change due to its economically and social effect on the people.