Controversial Issues In American Politics

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Politics can be defined as “the principles relating to or inherent in a sphere or activity, especially when concerned with power and status” (Oxford Dictionary). Politics serves to be driven under the force derived from social, political and cultural issues. For example, the American politics serves to be a classic example of having been built upon many political controversies throughout the course of the American History. Immigration, economy, healthcare, education, women’s rights etc have served to be some of the key controversial issues that are present and have been evident with the American politics. Dating back to the colonial period, many political issues have shaped the politics of America. For example, Women’s rights have proved to…show more content…
Suffrage and feminist movements brought significant changes for women. Influential suffragists such as Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Women Suffrage Association, which opened doors for many women as they found suffrage to be the key to their independence and obtaining political and social rights (Sidlow and Henschen 106). The year 1920 marked a new beginning for women as the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified allowing women the right to vote (Sidlow and Henschen 106). Feminist and Equal Rights movement pushed for the equal rights amendment, which would allow women to gain freedom and rights. However, the amendment never gained support and failed (Sidlow and Henschen 106) but the movement brought about many changes for the women such as within education. Women began to gain access to higher forms of education as institutions called “academies” for women began to spring up (Secondary Education for Women, National Women’s History Museum). Women studies courses and programs become evident within higher education institutions (The 20th Century, Encyclopedia) allowing women to be able to access education as a form of…show more content…
As, being a woman I have the privilege to take part in political and social affairs such as voting and being able to obtain an education. Due to all the influential women such as Susan B Anthony, Lucretia Mott etc. having fought for women’s rights have given women a chance to voice their opinion on political matters and represent their individuality in today’s society. The feminist movement led to significant changes within education for women as educational institutions welcomed women. Due to these changes women were able to obtain education, which still continues today, as I am personally able to attend a university in order to obtain a degree allowing me to enter different fields at the same level as men within the society. All of these changes served to highly important as they brought about changes within the social status of women, as they are able to contribute towards political and social affairs allowing them to obtain a certain level of equality, which is highly evident in today’s society as I have equal rights shared by everyone under the
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