Traditional women started to oppose the ERA. Schlafly said the ERA was designed for the benefit of young career women and warned that if men and women had to be treated identically it would threaten the security of middle-aged housewives with no job skills. The opposition included states ' rights advocates, some religious groups, and business and insurance interests. Among the arguments against the ERA were that it would prevent husbands from supporting their wives, it would invade privacy, and it would lead to rampant abortion, homosexual marriage, women in combat, and unisex bathrooms. If the ERA becomes part of the Constitution, any law discriminating on the basis of sex will have to meet the strict scrutiny test.
Taking a Stand for Women in Tennessee Insert historical context here!!!! The United States, despite being a culturally forward nation now, was the twenty-seventh county to give women the right to vote. Women’s suffrage was an important step forward for the Equal Rights movement in both Tennessee and America because there was an incredible amount of opposition overcome, men and women from all over the United States fought for it, and the amendment was passed because of Tennessee. Many women were angered about not having the same rights that men had, way before suffrage was granted. The first public protest of gender inequality was in 1848 (Yellin and Sherman, 17), and by 1870, women in Tennessee began to show an interest in the right to vote
The "American Law" is an allusion Willa Cather used in the novel O Pioneers!. The women 's rights back in the early 1900s weren 't very good, compared to their rights currently. Also think about about why she used the Allusion "American Law", specifically women 's rights in the book. The American Law that was show in the book was about women 's rights. In the book it said “You don 't have to go if you don 't want to.
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. Both played a big part in getting the nineteenth amendment passed however Susan B. Anthony had passed away before the amendment was passed. The arguments between the two essays were nearly the same but with just a few differences. Stanton’s argument was more about how women deserved to be equal to men in every way. She also thought that the government should not just be run by men, that there should be some women helping to make the laws.
It is hard to imagine that anyone could argue the mistreatment experienced by women in the late 1800’s. Men have decided the legal framework within which women could operate. As could be expected, their rights were greatly diminished. As a general rule, they were treated as second rate citizens with little authority to control their own money, property, or even their own bodies. Treatment of women today has changed dramatically from that of the late 1800’s due to the Women’s Suffragette Movement.
Before the Progressive Era, women were at home most of the day, and their main purpose was to have children. However, during the Progressive Era, women wanted to be in control of their destiny when it came to childbirth, and therefore created a movement to increase the use of birth control. This movement was led by Margaret Sanger, who believed that women should be able to control their lives instead of men. She led many protests and also distributed large amounts of birth control to spread her ideas. Before these movements, men created laws that prevented women from controlling their destiny, and through the ABCL (which she founded) she was able to regain control of one aspect of women’s personal lives.
Although women are the people responsible for populating the future generations, their health care is always on the backburner. Some people believe that women should not have the rights to their own body, and in turn have no access to reproductive care, or healthcare in general. Planned Parenthood has been mercilessly attacked by the government because of Congress’ belief on these issues. Right now, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), women have legal and full access to breast and cervical cancer screenings, STI testing, birth control, and abortions in cases of rape, incest, and endangerment to the mother’s life. All of these services are also covered by Planned Parenthood, a center that is designed for women’s health.
However, the 1970s marked the first major conservative victories with the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA urged to update the Constitution to amend, “equality of rights under the law” could not be abridged because of sex.” The measure was first passed by Congress in 1972, but soon after received negativity from people who claimed it ruined the reputation of housewives. Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative activist, opposed
In the last seventy years, women in America have made great strides toward equality, which has dramatically changed their role in society. In days that seem long past, women were expected to be doting mothers, immaculate housekeepers, and submissive wives. These roles were the primary, if not only, responsibilities of any woman prior to the 1940s. However, since the post-war era, the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of women have evolved in leaps and bounds. In the first half of the twentieth century, women were not wanted, or needed, to be a part of the workforce.
The Equal Rights Amendment was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution stating that civil rights may not be denied on the basis of one’s sex. All throughout history people have argued whether it is best to have human distinctions or gender equality. Ultimately, “The ERA would make women’s equality with men law of the land” (lecture notes). This federal amendment would make it impossible for legislators to pass laws that discriminate against women’s rights. In 1977, 35 out of 38 states ratified the ERA however, despite the widespread public support for the amendment, the extension ran out in 1982.
Also, Schlafly believed that women were unhappy because of the unjust society and discrimination to them; for this reason the government needed to do something to solve these kinds of problems. Phyllis Schlafly was a very exceptional woman living in the 20th century. When she was against the women’s liberation movement, many agreed with her opinions, but some disagreed as well. The Equal Rights Amendment was an amendment that was being proposed by the government that would give equal rights to any individual regardless of their race or sex. Schlafly opposed the idea because she believed that if women were given equal rights, they would be enrolled into the military, and that same sex marriage would be legalized; of course none of these actions were correct.
It gave women the right to vote which had an enormous impact on American society and culture and subsequently lead to other major benefits for women. Women didn’t have many rights before the Women’s Suffrage Movement. They could not vote, couldn’t own any property after marriage, or if married couldn 't keep their own wages. Men could of beaten their wife
In 1972 the ERA was sent to the states to be ratified but the amendment fell two states short and was therefore not included in the constitution. In this article, many scholars argue that the ERA is needed to increase the standard of law that is now used to settle sex discrimination cases. They also believe it would help women that believe they are being denied equal rights. These assumptions
Socio-economic status of women and the lack of control over their bodies. Today in the United States women have easy access to contraceptives, however, during the Comstock Era from 1873 to 1965, women did not have the rights to contraception. In fact, they were being controlled by men. Around this time Congress is mostly made up of men and they had the control of making new laws, in this case the Comstock Law In the first wave of feminism, women’s bodies were only viewed as a vehicle to procreate. Griswold v. Connecticut was a case that was appealed to the Supreme Court by Estelle Griswold in 1965 in order to grant married women access to contraception such as condoms, diaphragms, and birth control pills.
It was clearly stated in the Declaration that "all men [were] created equal." The authors did not write men and women, or mankind, or humankind. Thus, their intentions in the usage of the word "men" were uncertain. However, John Adams and his wife, Abigail Adams, wrote a series of letters to each other. In one particular letter, Abigail, who was a feminist, wrote to John, "in the new Code of Laws… I desire you would Remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them… Do not put such unlimited power in the hands of the Husbands."