The Progressive Era

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The Progressive Era was an important time period from 1890s-1920s in American History was when the United States needed to change things up to improve the American culture. It was believed that the problems they faced, such as poverty, violence, racism, etc., could be fixed by providing good education, a efficient workplace, and a safe environment. Although one could say that the progressives were unsuccessful at changing their goals, they really were successful because the rights of the women changes, and the views on the working conditions increased. The change in women’s rights was one of the biggest successes in the Progressive Era. Before this, the women’s jobs were to stay home, cook, clean and take care of the children. They weren’t allowed to work the same jobs as men or vote, and their husbands were the boss of them. It is said in The Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls Conference, “The history of mankind is a history repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her…He has compelled her to submit to laws, in the formation of which she had no voice…He becomes, in marriage, for all intents and purposes, her master -- the law giving him power to deprive her of her liberty, and to administer punishment.” This proves that women had little to no rights and were not treated fairly, and were controlled by men. The women wanted to change this, and started a protest against
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