In the beginning chapters, Kerber examines women’s engagement in the war effort, explores the emerging idea of female patriotism and states the proper loyalties of married women during the time. Kerber then looks at the consequences of the Revolution in relation to the female concerns of divorce, education and women’s reading. In these chapters, and her concluding chapter, “The Republican Mother,” she evaluates the representation of womanhood in the early republic. According to Kerber, the American Revolution had an enduring and significant change in the role of women in society and created a new political role for women, known as “Republican Motherhood”. Kerber uses research from legal records, diaries, memoirs, and letters to demonstrate how the war affected the lives of women and the new responsibilities that fell to them as a result.
Would having won the American Revolution have been a possibility without the help of women? In Carol Berkin’s book Revolutionary Mothers, she discusses the role the women played in the American Revolution and the significance. Berkin writes about how the women had a huge role, from raising money to making supplies for the soldiers. In the book, Berkin sheds light on the rarely discussed side on the revolution, the role of the various groups of women during the war. In the book, Revolutionary Mothers, Berkin writes about the importance of women during the American Revolution.
Dicker describes the revolutionary movements that brought about the changes in the society in terms of gender equality and women's rights. Although Dicker reveals significant similarities between the types of struggles in the first and second waves of feminism in the United States, ultimately she demonstrates that the differences outweigh the similarities. In the first wave of feminism, Dicker depicts the struggle that the women are going through to attain women’s right to vote and equality. In the nineteenth century, women were prohibited from voting and feminist such as Susan Anthony got in trouble when then went to vote and were faced with charges. As evidenced in the quote from the book, ‘... women deserved to make their voices heard and, in so doing, create laws that would benefit and protect them,’ the right to vote not only women gave them a chance to make socio-political changes in the country that would empower them, but also gender equality (Dicker 54).
In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was sign into the Constitution, granting women the rights to vote. Women used many methods to gain their rights to vote and evidently they faced a lot of obstacles while trying to gain their rights. They try to get attention from the public to let people know that women is starting a revolution and it won’t end until their demands is met which is to have an amendment in the constitution that give the women the rights to vote. In order to get attention, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott called the first National Women’s Suffrage Convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. They wrote the Declaration of Sentiments which list grievances against men, and 12 resolutions calling for equality of men and women under the law and the rights to vote for women.
More women held jobs, campaigned against slavery, improved prisons and poorhouses conditions, and advocated women's rights.12 Abigail Adams, a fervent advocate of women's rights, wrote to her husband John Adams at the Continental Congress that "If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies, we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice or Representation. "13 In conclusion, women contributed a great deal to the American Revolution. Their actions on the home front and on the battlefields relieved the men from the extra planning, mobilizing, and combating that they would have had to execute without the help of the women.
In the mid nineteenth century America was going through an age of reform. The person who would be the center of these reforms would be the women in society. Women soon realized that in order to make sure that all the reforms went through they would need more power and influence in society. The oppression and discrimination the women felt in this era launched the women into create the women’s right movement. The women fought so zealously for their rights it would be impossible for them not to achieve their goals.
However by then the shift of women’s roles and power within society was so evident that the campaign for women’s suffrage was advanced. International forces also played a part in procuring women’s suffrage. Denmark, Norway, New Zealand had already given women the vote; as a superpower England did not want to lose respect and credibility by appearing backward in matters of domestic policy. Women’s contribution to the war effort undeniably shifted their perceived roles in the public sphere and sped up the recognition of women as equals. Although these factors perhaps brought forward the date at which women gained suffrage, the fifty year long campaign carried out so passionately by Suffragists cannot be overlooked, and is in my opinion the main reason for women over 30 gaining the vote in 1918.
Intro Throughout its history women in the United States , women worked actively and laboriously to change society’s perception of the role of American women in society. Feminist groups developed in the 19th century and made great strides for the equal rights of women by the 20th century. During World War 1 (WW1), women filled men’s jobs due to soldiers’ deployment overseas. Women hungered for something more than the day to day housewife routines of cooking, cleaning, and raising children. Women wanted to become more involved members of society.
By the middle of the twentieth century, women's activities and concerns were being recognized as significant, making a revolutionary change in the social and domestic roles of women. In England, feminism meant a new revolution for women to be seen as equal and that they should have the right to vote. No one understood this more than Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union, which was an organization that supported militancy and direct action to help promote the cause of female suffrage. Emmeline fought for women’s right to vote and their equality. After numerous petitions and peaceful demonstrations continued to go unnoticed and proved to be unsuccessful, Emmeline decided that more drastic actions needed to be taken.
Would have winning the American Revolution have been a possibility without the help of women? In Carol Berkin’s book Revolutionary Mothers, she discusses the role the women played in the American Revolution and the significance it played. Berkin writes about how the women played a huge role, from raising money to spying on the other side. In the book, Berkin sheds light on the rarely discussed side on the revolution, the role of the various groups of women during the war. In the book, Revolutionary Mothers, Berkin writes about the importance of women during the American Revolution.