Gender Roles In The Early 1900s

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Differences between gender behavior and roles have existed for centuries. Women in the United States during the 1800s to early 1900s were looked upon as housewives and caretakers, and usually stayed at home while men worked and made money. However, as time has progressed, the fight for women’s equality has constantly been changing our society’s gender roles. The path to social reconstruction and the struggle to achieve it has shown a positive result of activists’ attempts to mend the social gap. By looking at past events, both successes and failures, understanding and recognizing the path to equality will bring light upon the issues that have taken place in the United States. Key political events, demonstrations and protests, and war efforts that have occurred from 1890 to today will be highlighted. As the United States began to form a universal law and division of powers, the rights of women were defined quickly. The interpretation of the early Constitution did not include women, such as the ratification of the 14th Amendment in 1868, where voters were defined as men in the Amendment. The intention of this amendment was to ensure all citizens had their voice heard in elections, but this didn’t include women. The amendment states, “Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective members, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. . . .But when the right to vote . . .is denied to any of the
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