For nearly one hundred and fifty years, The United States of America claimed to be made “By the people, for the People” but denied the most basic rights to half of the population. Women were seen by American society as second-class citizens, existing exclusively to assist others and be subservient to men. Many women during this time did not agree on this topic and choose to fight back against the patriarchy. Women like this just wanted to have the same respect as any other man in society. The women who fought back were largely associated with the National Women Suffrage Association.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were both famous women who fought for equality among men and women. Both women wrote speeches expressing their opinions on why women should be equal to men. Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote a speech called The Destructive Male and Susan B. Anthony wrote a speech called Women’s Right to Suffrage. Both speeches had basically the same theme: women are equal to men. Elizabeth Cady Stanton gave her speech during the Women’s Suffrage Convention in 1868 in Washington, D.C. and Susan B. Anthony gave her speech after being arrested for casting an illegal vote in the presidential election of 1872.
Anthony appeals to the ethics of her audience by stating that since the Constitution only uses male pronouns, women should be exempted from taxes and the penalties for the violation of laws. She is basically questioning that since women can’t vote, despite the Constitution’s preamble, then why should women regard to anything else it says. Susan B. Anthony takes advantage of these male pronouns, because the law she has violated states that, “If any person shall knowingly vote without his having a lawful right.” This shows that technically, since she is a woman who uses female pronouns, she does not have to comply to this law, or any law of the Constitution for that
Carrie Chapman Catt uses a lot of ideas about democracy in her speech that was logical. Catt uses logic to appeal to her audience from the first reason of women suffrage inevitability to the end of the speech. Catt uses the Declaration of independence, which turn out to be the basic rule of government (Catt, 1917). This is because it states that all men (women) are created equal and Catt used that along with the quote from Woodrow Wilson that states “we are fighting for the things which we have always carried nearest to our hearts: for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own government” (Catt, 1917). The logic in Wilson’s quote as it relates to women’s suffrage is if democracy is the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own government than why do women not allow to vote because they too submit to authority as men do.
We prefer to have our work done by men and women. But we are almost powerless,” (Line 78-80) this is one such example of her assertiveness towards the issue. She also directs the sentence to the women attending her speech by using the word ‘powerless’ as at that time, women did not have any voting rights and therefore no say in anything. She also
That is the right to vote. Many men during this time had very onservitive views on what a women is allowed to do. They expected very little from them and women were frowned upon for voicing their opinons. Jane Addams changes all that and gave the women the couage and confidence they needed to fight for what they deserve. Some even called her the “key voice of women and a key progressice reformer” (teachinghistory.org).
Shirley had her way with words by speeches and speaking out her mind, she wasn 't shy to back off, she spoke for the people because she knew no one else would do it. In the speech Equality Rights For Women it says “... There is a calculated system of prejudice that lies unspoken behind that question. Why is it acceptable for women to be secretaries, librarians, and teachers, but totally unacceptable for them to be managers, administrators, doctors, lawyers, and Members of Congress... It has been observed before, that society for a long time discriminated against another minority, the blacks on the same basis - that they were different and inferior.
Alice Paul has changed American society by being an American suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist. Alice Paul dedicated her life to fighting for women's equality. She created the National Woman’s Party in the year 1916. Also cofounded in the Congressional Union. Alice Paul’s actions encouraged the passage the 19th amendment.
The women are treated as if their welfare is unimportant because women are thought of as a mere decoration to the society and are considered useless enough to not pay any attention to. Another evidence, according to Hosseini (2007), “ “...You are not able to think like we can. Western doctors and their science have proven this, This is why we require only one male witness but two female ones” ” (p.390). This proves how
One more point got my attention that is gender roles it is an issue and it is obvious in The Gambian culture. When opinions were asked about health center only the men were talking and given opinion, but there were no women to talk or to have opinion and also health committee are built on men there was no women in the committee. In some societies women are always ignored and their opinion or even being is not valuable. As a result, women don’t have self-confidence to give their opinion in front of other people or men is some cultures like The Gambian culture. I believe women contribution is very important for the sake of their families and the community because as I understand from the article women use the center most with their children
They believed that women should be able to vote, basing their argument on the clause “all men and women are created equal”. Anthony knew that women should have been given this right long ago, which prompted her and the others to begin a woman suffrage movement. Anthony and her good friend Stanton founded the American Equal Rights Association in 1866. However, the movement split and rejoined in 1887, creating the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Anthony went to Congress and pleaded with them to change their mind on whether women were worthy enough to vote.
He replied to her plea in a letter of his own claiming “…, We know better than to repeal our Masculine systems” (Adams 57). Despite the support John Adams had of women gaining independence, he knew that other men were not. Over seventy years later, while petitioning for the rights of women, Susan B. Anthony frequently addressed the opposing side of the debate against the women’s suffrage movement. In her noteworthy speech given in New York about the bias of rejecting women’s suffrage, she identified the notable argument which was the cornerstone of the anti-women side of the debate. Anthony counseled, “It is urged that the use of the masculine pronouns he, his and him in all the constitutions and laws, is proof that only men we meant to be included in their provisions” (Anthony 281).
In her document, The Declaration of Sentiments, demonstrates the political and legal right violated in the 1840s. Stanton conveyed the violation against equality toward woman, “After depriving her all rights as a married woman, if single, and the owner of property, he has taxed her to support a government which recognizes her only when her property can be made profitable to it”(Stanton). The Declaration of Sentiments reflected the violation of political and legal rights which men endorse over a women. During the women 's suffrage, men made a woman support a government in which she had no voice in. A woman could not vote, be in political discussion or own property.
She began going to anti-slavery conferences leading to her acquaintance with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Anthony was also involved in the temperance movement, revolving around completely stopping the production and consumption to all alcoholic beverages. While working with this Susan became inspired to fight for women 's rights. This inspired her so much because once she was refused the chance to speak at a temperance convention because she was a woman. She then realized that if women wanted to be addressed in the political world she would need to make sure that all women would gain the right to vote.
25 Oct. 2016. Although the law is clear in this matter females are still paid less than men under the guise of other reasons, like a series of Jim Crow laws for females to prevent them from being paid as much as males. This act however is hardly ever followed and even those proven to have disobeyed the law usually get away with it. In the U.S there is still people who disbelieve the fact that women are still paid less than men women however have fired back at such people commenting on how it’s technically illegal to pay women less. For example a tumblr post respond to men insisting that women are paid equal to men.