The Women's Movement In The Progressive Era

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Vasquez 1 The Women’s Movement "I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back" (Yousafzai, 1). It takes a tremendous amount of courage to be able to live in this world as a woman, let alone a woman who wants things to change because a woman’s silence will not protect her. Throughout society today, the idea of feminism stirs up many different types of emotions and views of exactly what feminism is. A lot of people think that women's rights have already been accomplished. For example, yes, we've earned Title IX and laws against gender discrimination. But people fail to understand that there are still so many forces against women's rights, such as reproductive…show more content…
Feminist activists have campaigned for women's legal rights, for women's right to bodily integrity and autonomy, for abortion rights, for reproductive rights, for the protection of women and girls from domestic violence, sexual harassment, and rape for workplace rights, including maternity leave, and equal pay, and against other forms of gender-specific discrimination. “This victory is considered the most significant achievement of women in the Progressive Era. It was the single largest extension of democratic voting rights in our nation’s history and it was achieved peacefully through democratic processes” (Click, 8). “The newly formed organization, the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), became the most mainstream and nationally visible pro-suffrage group” (Click, 8). Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other women's rights leaders are women’s suffrage supporters. Early feminist leaders brought attention to women's rights by calling for improved legal status, economic opportunity, and the right to…show more content…
The old feminism is crumbling because it simply does not answer the needs and questions of the 21st-century women. “Women are the equals of men. Men and women are not separate political classes” (Socialist Alternative, 2). Anyone who shares the desire to reduce inequality and promote opportunity must embrace feminism. “If the future is men and women dwelling as images of each other in a world unchanged, it is a nightmare” (Greer, 2). All of us benefit from the same political circumstances… like freedom of speech, conscience, private property, and the right of self-defense. Any particular man is no more my enemy, no more a threat to me, than any particular woman is. We are all individuals to be evaluated
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