Women's Rights In America

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During his time as a president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, evoked a set of programs, that passed multiple laws in order to improve the country, this was met with criticism and praise. I feel that the deal is mostly regarded highly, because, this was initiated, during a time where the country was struggling immensely, and they felt any help was the best help. But, the deal still had many positives, that, though were not the traits of a full blown revolution for the country, but instead exemplified more of a halfway revolution. There are many different programs and laws passed during this time, but I feel that, Social Security, Civil and equal rights, and the expansion of arts and writing, showed progress and potential for growth. The idea…show more content…
Though, larger steps were made in terms of expanding women 's rights, other minorities faced very trivial, or steps, that at this point were too small to make any noticeable progress in equality. In terms of more equal rights for women the textbook discusses how, “Frances Perkins became America’s first female cabinet member”(The Americans). The fact that this was the first woman to be part of the cabinet, is a very crucial and effective step for women and their expansion of rights., This is showing how women were starting to have a say in decisions that could affect the future of the country. Another example of the expansion of women’s rights can be found while studying the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Before the New Deal Era, there was not much to be heard about first ladies, or what they did to improve the country. But with Eleanor, she was truly a monumental example, and became the model of first ladies today. The book states, “she often urged the president to take stands on controversial issues” (The Americans). This, in my opinion is an understatement to what she truly did. She showed interest, in children’s welfare, women’s and minorities rights, and the housing reform, which at the time posed to be very pressing and controversial matters. She truly was one of the most important parts, of the New Deal. Even though women made large…show more content…
There were some fabricated programs that were implemented in hopes of increasing this interest overall, which proved to have minor success in my opinion. Firstly, there was the Federal Art project, which “paid artists a living wage to produce public art”(The Americans), in hopes of heightening public opinion and appreciation of art. There were positives associated with this, like the discovery of great artists like Diego Rivera, and Edward Hopper. Also there was the Federal Writers Project, which helped many aspiring writers to finish their works, and gave others jobs. But with these two programs, I feel that they are not as effective today, as they were originally supposed to be. Yes these led to very popular artists and writers to become prominent forces in the culture of the time. But in terms of our current culture, there seems to be a declining amount of interest and popularity in these types of arts, in America’s youth. With the implementation of technology in our daily lives many teens and adolescents there interest seems to be focusing more on that, instead of the arts and literature. There is little criticism, that can be given because there is no way that how greatly technology has advanced could have been predicted. So with that in mind, both of these programs, supports the idea of a halfway revolution, because of their lack of effect on our
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