The Women's Movement In America

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Before feminism, a woman 's life was like a concentration camp. A woman could be forced to stay at home, abused mentally and physically, and had no rights in the eyes of the law. In the 19th century, the first feminist convention was permitted: the Seneca Falls convention for women’s advocates in New York. The convention was held by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. These women addressed the idea of improving the rights of women. Accomplishing the overall idea, sixty-eight women and thirty-two men signed the Declaration of Sentiments, the document that outlines the grievances and the agenda for the Woman’s Rights Movement. Involved was a set of eleven resolutions calling for equal treatment of women under the law and voting rights for…show more content…
Although the women 's movement in America has created many great changes for women, feminism in America has transformed into fight for the predominance of women over men. The ideology is such that women should dominate men and deserve a matriarchal society for the hardships pertained prior to when the rights of women were granted. Women in America are often the most privileged people, yet many still claim that war rages against women. Conversely, it is almost like feminists are waging war against the general public. The percentage of women who have physically assaulted a male partner is higher than the percentage of men who have assaulted a female partner because of feminist related reasons (O 'Beirne). Feminism has become too violent to be classified as a peace movement. Americans, who disagree with feminism, are being literally beaten for exercising their Freedom of Speech. Feminism uses pseudo-statistics of women victims attempting to overestimate their claims and exaggerate their lack of power (Starr). Feminism is also said to be extremely violent and often entitled. Not only are they aggressive, but also their use of false facts makes the feminist movement seem forced upon the American general society. In 2013, a feminist riot broke out in Buenos Aires, Argentina and American women supported the violence because it was for pro-choice rights. The headline was “Horror: Violent mob of topless pro-abort feminists attacks praying men defending cathedral” (Straus). These…show more content…
While women in America celebrate these freedoms, women and girls in third world countries are burdened with the inequality of rights that their government permits. Moreover, forty percent of girls, under eighteen, in Tanzania are forced, by their parents, to marry older men for a dowry. Tanzanian women are regularly raped, beaten, and shamed (Yee 343). It is 2016, almost one-hundred years after American women were granted the right to vote, yet many girls and women still do not have equal opportunities and rights recognized by law. In many countries, women are not entitled to own property or inherit land. Social exclusion, “honor” killings, female genital mutilation, trafficking, restricted mobility and early marriage among others, deny the right to health, to women and girls and increase illness and death throughout the life-course” (Herr). Women in third world countries have had the obligation of laborious, gender-assigned duties, while men have had access to technology, education, technical training, land, credit, and basic needs from their government. This is a normal custom in Indonesia, India, Iraq, and Iran. Women have no rights to speak and are sexually and physically abused with no punishment for the husband. There are no laws to protect women and girls from this abuse. Nevertheless, there is little impact of American feminism on third world women, and it has been positive. Unfortunately, however, the positive effects have been diminished and the spotlight
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