This issue is important because many women believe that the rights of a person should not be infringed no matter what their gender is, and by not giving them equality, their rights are being limited. During the periods 1840 to 1968, total equality for women did not become a reality due to inadequate political representation, economic discrepancy, and commercial objectification. Throughout history, women have always fought to gain equal political rights, but conventional roles kept women from getting enough political representation. Many suffrage groups founded by women challenged the conventional roles of women during 1840 to 1968 with the dream of obtaining equal political representation. In 1919, the nineteenth amendment, drafted by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was passed.
Many religious believed God created women to be inferior. It was considered a natural law that men were above women. When women started the fight for more rights, it started out as a political and legal fight and eventually turned into a social and economic fight as well. Many women who started the fight, died before they could see there work pay off, including Susan Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucy Stone. In the U.S, Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren fought for the addition of women’s emancipation in the constitution.
During these time markers women had been treated poorly, they felt as if they weren’t equal to the other citizens of the world, especially the men. There are countless activities involving women, but the most spoke about topics is, women’s rights, their suffrage, and the roles they played. In the 19th century women began to take action to change their rights and way of life. Women in most states were incapable to control their own wages, legally operate their own property, or sign legal documents such as wills. Although demoted towards their own private domain and quite powerless, some women took edge and became involved in parts of reform such as temperance and abolition.
Voting for a Change “The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality,” this was stated by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a very crucial women’s suffragist. Over time, women’s history has evolved due to the fact that women were pushing for equal rights. Women were treated as less than men. They had little to no rights. The Women’s Rights Movement in the 1800’s lead up to the change in women’s rights today.
According to the oxford dictionary, the definition of women’s rights is “rights possessed by women, esp. as considered to be equal with those of men” ("Women’s rights"). Ever since women have existed, they have been stereotypically been looked at as weaker than men because of society’s typical gender roles. Women have fought for equal rights although out Americas’ history and because of their determination, the women of today’s society can now vote in presidential elections, serve in congress alongside men, and obtain jobs that were labeled as jobs that only men could do. The women that got the ball rolling when it came to getting equal rights were Elizabeth Sady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.
Mallard, a housewife, seeking to obtain a freedom and self-identity that wasn’t offered to women of the nineteenth century. Within a short period she won her freedom and had a blissful outlook on life, until that freedom was snatched from her ultimately leading to her internal suicide. As the reader can infer, Mrs. Mallard 's actions were solely based on her abused rights, so anyone can emphasize and proudly support her. Living in that era was tough for all women due to the lack of women’s rights. Yet, today women have equal rights to men in most of the nation, including companies, politics, corporations, etc.
The movement towards women’s suffrage began in 1840 when Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton went to London to attend a World Anti-Slavery Society Convention. The were barred from attending and told to sit in a curtained enclosure with other women attendees if they wished to meet. This incident inspired Mott and Stanton to organize the First Women’s Rights Convention which was held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Three hundred women and some men came. The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, which stressed equality among men and women and also listed grievances, like women’s lack of voting, property, marriage, and education rights, was written at the convention and signed afterwards.
Later on, Anthony and Stanton petitioned that Congress should include women in the 14th and 15th amendments. This attempt however was unsuccessful though Anthony and Stanton did not give up on helping the Women’s Suffrage Movement. In 1872, Anthony registered and voted in the election in Rochester, New York. She was arrested for voting for a representative to the congress of the United States. She was fined $100 dollars but she said she would never pay a penny of and two years later she went to congress and claimed that her conviction was unjust and that the fine should be
The battle for equality has been a long and treacherous journey for women. Women have been excluded from many rights such as the right to vote and the right to own property. It wasn’t until the 19th Century that women began EARNING the right to vote worldwide. In the United States, State legislatures began protecting women’s property from their husbands in the 1840’s. The women’s rights movement continued throughout history to BATTLE for equal pay, equal rights, and reproductive rights.
Feminist propaganda is off track when it comes to the real experiences of American women and men. It is true, that in the past, a woman’s voice was often disregarded; she was denied certain rights, for some women fought. Elizabeth Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Blackwell were famous for their courage and persistence in bringing change. It is safe to say that most Americans now agree men and women have vast talents and capabilities. A century ago women were concerned with issues, such as the right to own property and vote.