The U.S. wasn't ready for these rights. Women Came Together To Change The World Women The equal rights states that women should be treated equal to men with voting, laws, Women's Suffrage movement began in the 1800s. Suffrage is the right to vote. Suffrage is the pivotal right. The way women earned
Feminism has been a prominent and controversial topic in writings for the past two centuries. In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre the main character, Jane Eyre, explores the depth at which women may act in society and finds her own boundaries in Victorian England. As well, along with the notions of feminism often follow the subjects of class distinctions and boundaries.There is an ample amount of evidence to suggest that the tone of Jane Eyre is, in fact, a very feminist one and may well be thought as relevant to the women of today who feel they have been discriminated against because of their gender. At the beginning of the 19th Century, little opportunity existed for women, and thus many of them felt uncomfortable when attempting to enter many parts of society. The absence of advanced educational opportunities for women and their alienation from almost all fields of work gave them little option in life: either become a house wife or a governess.
Before the women’s rights movement gained momentum, women were treated unfairly, so they united together to fight for their rights. During the nineteenth century, women lacked many basic, human rights and were often belittled by men because it was believed they could not be as superior as them. Women were discriminated in law, religion, education, politics, and professions (Finkelman 405). Unfortunately, there is a lengthy list of rights women didn’t obtain. Once the reform movement began, however, abolitionist women realized their rights could be compared to those of slaves, and a few bold women decided to do something about the inequality of men and women (Finkelman 405).
Unlike the majority of women during this time, Friedan loathed the cult of domesticity and instead, believed that women should be apart of the workforce. Once the cult of domesticity began, it was almost as if women reverted back to the ideals of the time of Wollstonecraft. Marriage was, once again, becoming the focus of every woman’s life and education was no longer needed, nor valued. According to Friedan, “in the fifteen years after World War II, this mystique of feminine fulfillment became the cherished and self-perpetuating core of contemporary American culture” and “women who had once wanted careers were now making careers out of having babies” (Friedan, 2015, Pg.
In the wake of the second Great Awakening in the early 1800’s, societal morals regarding slavery, lack of rights for women, the prison system, education, and other institutions were questioned. Unitarianism stressed salvation through good works, and both religious converts and transcendentalists initiated social reform movements in an attempt to improve the moral state of America. Two of these movements that included perhaps the most controversy and struggle included abolitionism and women’s rights. Although both the abolitionist and women’s rights movements were able to eventually create lasting societal and political change, the fact that only a small portion of the population had any democratic rights showed the initial weaknesses of American democracy. Initially it can be argued that both of these movements were successful because they achieved their goals of suffrage for black men in 1869 and all women in 1920.
Theory The theory that will be used in this paper is the liberalism feminist theory. Liberal feminism has its core in the fight for women to have the same fundamental democratic rights as men. They see women’s lower position in society as a consequence from earlier in history when they have been excluded from political and legal rights, and also that they have been stopped from participating in the work life on the same conditions as men. Instead they have been directed to the private sphere of the family. Historically, liberal feminists have fought for education for women, for legal rights and especially for women’s right to vote.
According to (Schmalleger & Smykia, 2015, p. 377), “One early state case, Barefield v. Leach (1974), demonstrated that the opportunities and programs for female inmates were clearly inferior to those for male inmates.” Women knew that going directly to courts would allow them to get the rights that they deserve. “On the heels of the civil rights movement, women wanted guarantees of equal opportunities in school and career, as well as equal pay for equal work. But opponents thought the amendment was unnecessary- and even dangerous” (Davey, 2012). Since I’ve been around, I have been able to apply for jobs that I was interested in, so I could only imagine living in a time where I couldn’t. Also, less pay because I’m a woman sounds unfair also.
They wanted everyone to understand that being in control of their own bodies did not mean that they were no longer forcibly taken by their husbands but rather, they had the choice to pursue someone when they decided they wanted to. Jane Addams, one of the era’s most defining reformers, believed that women needed to reach for their dreams and be open in communities because the ideas and aspirations of women could better the corruption of the government. Addams did not only want white American women to be fighting for their rights but immigrant and African American women as well so in 1889 she founded the Hull House. Over 400 of these houses sprouted across the country by 1910, providing housing for thousands of impoverished immigrants. She built schools to educate the children and created jobs so the parents could make a living (721).
Olympe de Gouges wrote her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen after the French Constitution, which was to address equal rights, completely obliterated women. But since late 18th century a lot has change. Even though there were some fighting for equality, feminism was barely nonexistent as women just started to think about their rights as individuals. And what fighting for equality meant at that time, it certainly has a different meaning in the 21st century.
In order to be able to fully understand Chopin’s message, readers must envision the tradition of the Victorian society in which Kate lived. This was a society that clearly defined the gender role. Looking at Louse Mallard, one of the characters in the book, the author uses a woman who suddenly discovered a new life after the death of her husband. Ironically, Kate depicts Louise’s independence as a doomed fantasy because such freedom was actually unrealistic for the 19th Century woman. In this book, Chopin clearly outlines the importance of a woman’s identity other than her main role as a man’s wife
Though some were content to return, a large number of women were unhappy with this sharp, stifling contrast. However, expected to be content with the seeming prosperity of the time, their voices were silenced until the publication of the Feminine Mystique. What made the book a true turning point was that it would spark the Women’s Rights Movement of the 60s and 70s. Seeing the success of the Civil Rights Movement, Friedan’s bold denouncement of the Cult and --- inspired women to fight for extended rights and full equality, more than simply the voting rights they gained in the 1920s. This second wave of feminism sought equal pay, equal rights, education, and more.
Women were barred from certain jobs, and routinely (and legally) paid less for their labor” (171). This was life for women in the 1920’s compared to life for women today. What an excellent achievement to be proud of, women now doing unbelievable things, back then no one could or would have ever imagined the dreams women have accomplished today. At hand, there is still inequality between men and women. According to Wheeler, William, and Becker, Susan “In 1921, the NWP began to campaign for an equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which would abolish all forms of gender inequality in the United States.
Women’s Suffrage Movement If you had lived in the 1800s, would you have fought for Women’s Rights or would you have decided to be a bystander? Throughout history women have always been ruled by men. At the start of the 1800s, women would have had only one right and that was being a housewife. Although women had no rights, women later raised their voices in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. 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.
Anti-suffrage advocates believed women were less than men and therefore should do “women 's work” like holding down the house. In only around a century the beliefs and values of american society changed, so that women were given equal rights as men. Women not only hold equal rights as men, the first step to equalization, but more and more women are using them to their advantage to help lead our nation. Women have progressed from low nothing, house ridden wives, to lead our country on equal footing as men in only a