Therefore, if someone were to threaten the United States, their first instinct would be to declare war. Meanwhile, women would lower the temper of the government and provide a problem solving element. Suffragists argued that direct influence in government was best for both women and society. They claimed that exerting indirect influence was not only time-consuming but also ineffective in enacting social reforms. With the vote, suffragists argued, it would be easier for women to oppose corrupt government practices and win social reforms (Kauffman).
Today, millions of women can implement their rights to vote in all elections in the united states of America, but this (rights) did not come easily to those women who sacrifice their lives to make this happen. In the speech “Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage”, Catt delivered her message for women’s right from a firsthand account of what she had experienced as a woman living in the United States of America in the 19th century. She advocated for the rights of women to vote because she believes in equal rights and justice for all citizens. The speech was very successful because of the use of ethos, pathos, and logos.
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.
All these women came from different social, economic and socio-political background. Harriet Taylor Mill was given the opportunity to lay the foundation for feminism, while hiding under her husband’s wing, she was a relatively middle to high class individual who focused on issues that women like her faced. She believed that equality was simply based on equal opportunity for both sexes simply based on skill not gender, as both could do things equally well. Gloria Feltd argued and fought for women’s reproductive rights, as she was a teenage mother herself. She just as Taylor Mill had a middle to high class background, she believed among other things that equality would come with reproductive rights for all.
“She advocated woman’s suffrage because she believed that women’s votes would provide the margin necessary to pass social legislation she favored” (History.com). Addams even wrote a paper called “Why Women Should Vote”. She expressed that the world is merely an extension of their house and no one should be scared for what they belive in. She continued to fight until women got their right to vote in 1920 and then moved onto other issues that women had. Overall, she completed the movement with a sucessful victory winning the right for women to
Col. Ellen Ham also states “Continuing to exclude women from accessing tis elite school makes it appear that the army is not confident in women’s leadership or combat services.” (Col. Ellen Ham), this is talking about the ranger schooling option. Women are not allowed into direct combat positions in any of the branches. Why? Well all the reason why people would say are bias because they state men are better.
He was greeted with laughter from the other Congressmen, but with leadership from Representative Martha Griffiths of Michigan, the law passed with the amendment still intact. However, it quickly became clear that the newly established Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would not enforce the law 's protection of workers that were women, so a group of feminists included Betty Friedan founded an organization that would fought gender discrimination through courts and legislatures. In the summer of 1966, they launched the National Organization for Women, the organization went on to lobby Congress for pro-equality
During the 1960’s, America was undergoing changes technologically and socially. During this time period the concept of feminism was brought back. During the early 1900’s, the first-wave of feminism occurred, where protests happened demanding the right for women to vote. This movement was successful, as white women gained the right to vote but nothing else was fixed. Women were still at a lower social standpoint then men at the time and nothing would change until the 1960’s.
Professor Hendrick Hartog discusses the specific exclusion from enfranchisement in his essay, “The Constitution of Aspirations and ‘The Rights that Belong to us All’”. He states, “Without the ballot, women remained vulnerable and dependent, less than autonomous individuals,” a statement that both targets a specific right women lack and explains the results of their disenfranchisement (Hartog 1025). The vocabulary used in the quote portrays women as being subservient and relying on their
Leah and Natalie deviate from social scripts for women such as pregnancy and fidelity. For Leah, there’s great internalized societal pressure for her to bear a child; she’s thirty-five years old and newly married. Yet, as Wells claims, she rejects the idea by surreptitiously using birth-control pills, because it opposes her paradise, which includes only her and her husband Michel. To this end, Smith explores chauvinist gender roles affects on women. Conversely, Smith also explores the sexual identity of her female characters.
Though, larger steps were made in terms of expanding women 's rights, other minorities faced very trivial, or steps, that at this point were too small to make any noticeable progress in equality. In terms of more equal rights for women the textbook discusses how, “Frances Perkins became America’s first female cabinet member”(The Americans). The fact that this was the first woman to be part of the cabinet, is a very crucial and effective step for women and their expansion of rights. , This is showing how women were starting to have a say in decisions that could affect the future of the country. Another example of the expansion of women’s rights can be found while studying the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.
They tried to urge President Woodrow Wilson to adopt the Susan B. Anthony Amendment and give women the right to vote. However, Wilson thought that it was a nuisance and kept making excuses to put off addressing the amendment to Congress.
ERA or Equal Rights Amendment was proposed by Alice Paul to help further women's right in the United States. “The amendment proposed to eliminate all legal distinctions 'on account of sex'”.(Foner, 766) The amendment sought to eliminate the difference in how women were able to work and be educated. This caused problems as the different women's organizations had different opinions on women's freedom meant. There was fear that the amendment would cause women to lose some rights.
Women in early mid-1800s started to fight for equal rights more than ever. Since American males have been granted more rights since the American independence, women started to question the reasons behind why they are not getting the same rights as men. This started a generations of women fighting for their equal rights. From the arguments presented by first wave feminists for women’s right and the evidence against inclusion by their detractors, the first wave feminists for women’s right had a better convincing argument because they did not over exaggerate their arguments and evidence to the arguments that they made.
Women's rights during the 1920's progressed in a cultural and economical way. In the this time period 25% of women were unemployed. Women had office jobs and jobs as telephone operators. There wasn't anymore bias towards women who were married with families or black women.