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.
The 2nd Wave of Feminism started by the women of the mid-twentieth century established new rights for working women, however, women are still struggling for equal pay and treatment in the workforce. The future of working women depends on the current generation who are continuing the fight for women’s rights, just as the women of the 1960s and 1970s
Therefore, what followed was the right of women to vote; with this, the voice of women where now represented in public office changing forever the political life of the nation. This new independence marked a big step to social equality. The new-found freedom changed women’s attitudes to themselves, to men, marriage and to the family. The result of the change was liberating fashion in clothing and hairstyles. Before this, dress and hair were longer and modest.
The issue of women’s rights and how different societies and cultures deal with it had been on the table for many centuries. In the United States of America during the 1800s, women began to move toward and demand getting equal rights as men, they decided to speak up and fight for their stolen rights. In the 1960s, continued working toward their goal, women broadened their activities through the women’s rights movement which aimed to help them in gaining their right to receive education, occupy the same jobs that were once titled only for men, and get an access to leadership positions. The women’s rights movement has a great impact on women today, although it started a long time ago, but it did not stop and women are reaping their fruit today,
In the last seventy years, women in America have made great strides toward equality, which has dramatically changed their role in society. In days that seem long past, women were expected to be doting mothers, immaculate housekeepers, and submissive wives. These roles were the primary, if not only, responsibilities of any woman prior to the 1940s. However, since the post-war era, the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of women have evolved in leaps and bounds. In the first half of the twentieth century, women were not wanted, or needed, to be a part of the workforce.
Even though women took a stand for women’s rights in the past, the is still more to come in the near future. In the article “Women In Movement” the author expresses, “furthermore, the fact that women have developed alternative financial strategies, if the donor funding should for some reason stop is a good sign for the future” (Madsen, 1). This expresses how women have organized a group and raised money to help benefit something they believe in and care for. Then, in the article “The Hidden Women’s Movement”, it states, “In the past 30 years since the failure of the ERA, we see women 's movement mobilization resulting in several very important successes, including passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 and the approval of over-the-counter emergency contraception” (Banaszak,1). Therefore, women have been able to gain new grounds on things with the help of the women’s right movement.
Pre-Write Topic: The impact of women on political and social reforms Footprint: American Progressive Era, 1880s – 1920s Setting the Scene: The Progressive Era was a time of extensive reformation across the United States. Outline of your arguments supported by evidence: - Social change: New inventions increased jobs creating independence, altering family life and leading to protests on wage, birth control, and workplace regulations. Inventions: Typewriter, Telephone Switch, Automobile Jobs: Office, Field, Factory (participated in the war) Independence: increased money, more freedom (from dependency and oppression) Family life: divorce increased, family size decreased Birth Control: raising a child require a lot of time, energy, and money –
The event that really kick started the movement was in 1903 when Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, also known as the WSPU (“The Women’s Suffrage Movement”). With this, many other groups started to form and branched out throughout the whole country. At this time women in America were going against ‘The Cult of True Womanhood’, which was the idea that you were a “true” woman only if you were a helpful wife, did chores around the house and other family related things (“The Fight for Women’s Suffrage”). Lastly, with different groups forming and women going against ‘The Cult of True Womanhood’, it put together a new outlook of what it meant to be a woman in the United
During the periods of 1890-1925 the Progressive Era diversified the role and responsibility of women by developing a workforce for women and promoting their political involvement.The role of women changed during the 1890s - 1920s,women became more important and were taken seriously.Although before the affection of economic and political developments of American women in the 1890s-1920s,they had no rights in the government,and were mainly know as a housewife.The consequence of the political developments advanced women to pursue their career and gain a better education. In “The Status of Women,Past,Present, and Future”(Doc. 1 ) , Susan B. Anthony who was a female political leader, intended that women should be given more industrial
Since the first feminist movement, women have campaigned and continue to, in order to gain the rights and opportunities society had deprived them of for generations. In 1837, Charles Fourier, a French philosopher is known to be the first person to coined the term, feminist. Since then, feminists around the world have created different goals to deal with the different problems they face. The most memorable feminist’s movement perhaps was the first-wave movement. This took place in countries like UK and US during the early 20th century where it advocated to promote equal contract in marriage, voting rights, parenting
Being a young woman in America, I consider one of the greatest moments in time to be the years from early 1800s to 1920. This was a period in time where women fought not to just be in this world but to play a major part in its existence. However, to do this, they needed such things as the right to vote, own property, serve a jury, and even speak in public. This moment in time is recorded in our history books as the Women’s Suffrage Movement in America. This paper will take a look into some of the hurdles they had to leap at and important people who made major milestones along the way.
In the modern two thousand women have more options for their life now than ever, receiving and education is not frowned upon, but rather insisted upon. Women in today’s society hold jobs even of higher power, and have further aspirations beyond motherhood and wifely duties in the household. Commonly most houses in the twenty first century are dual income, both the male and female branch out into the workforce. For example Meyera Oberndorf states in The Changing Role of Women in the 21st Century, “Women are experiencing greater economic gains, greater independence and the enhanced sense of self-worth which comes from making valuable contributions in the workforce.” However, as much as the times have changed and the progress we have made, issues from the fifties such as sexism have still stuck around. Although women are given more opportunities to find jobs and receive income, the amount is
The origins of the push for an equal rights amendment go back to the women’s suffrage movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Most American women of the nineteenth century didn’t want to be equal to men. They believed in the traditional gender roles and family structure, where the husband worked to support his family, and the wife was in charge of domestic affairs, such as cooking, cleaning, and raising the children. The early women’s movements for voting rights and temperance were parallel to this idea of the woman’s role in society, as they were intended to give women more control over household affairs such as
According to the textbook, Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony formed the Woman Suffrage Association and started working towards getting the women the right to vote (Kirk, G. & Okazawa-Rey, M. 2013). Finally in 1920, the nineteenth amendment was presented and allowed the women in the United States the right to vote (Kirk, G. & Okazawa-Rey, M. (2013). When thinking about how the women felt about not be able to speak up with voting situations is horrible. We are truly blessed that there were women who spoke their mind and changed the women’s lives for the
The dramatic change of the roles of women in Russia is dated to the pre-revolution Russia when the country was still lacking technological advances brought by an industrialization. Women during this period, were a strict symbol of motherhood and family until Russia’s political change after WWI in which the new government promptly issued laws and degrees for women equality. This drastic social and political change created a movement of female empowerment in which women separated themselves from the confinement of their homes and determinate domestic roles. In 1919, an all female organization called Zhenotdel pushed for a feminist movement by training women in career fields, furthering women’s independence. As depicted in “Communism and the Family”, Alexandra Kollontai, a pronounced leader of the Russian feminist movement, discusses the change of women’s perception of themselves as they become equal in status to men: “In place of the old relationship between men and women, a new one is developing: ...a union of two equal members of communist society, both of them free, both of them independent…(pg.1175).