The Seneca Falls Convention would soon be one of the biggest victories for women's rights. The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, the first women's rights convention in American history, was an outgrowth of almost twenty years of female activity in social reform. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the most important of the feminists in the 19th century. She was highly educated in law, but could not continue in law due to her sex, Stanton was involved in the abolitionist movement and many other women's rights issues. In 1848, Stanton along with some other females organized the Seneca Falls Convention, where they put together a declaration that in a way resembled the Declaration of Independence.
Every woman in the world has heard at least one “you cannot” in her lifetime. Believe it or not there used to be a time when society believed that statement and women were confined to cooking, cleaning, or housekeeping. Today, there are many amazing women pursuing their dreams, such as Hillary Clinton, a very famous politician, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. The women back in the 1840’s are the reason women today have this freedom, the women who changed feminism forever. The women’s suffrage movement was a long-standing battle for equality between men and women that should have been instituted from the start of our country due to women’s increasing political intelligence and work ethic.
Thus, considering the fact that women have achieved some equality for them, should they continue fighting for completely annihilating the gender discrimination? Going back in history, we can see that women were not allowed to be involved in the politics; they didn't even have a right to vote. However there are exceptions to every rule and Fawzia Koofi was such an exception. In her book "The Favored Daughter" Koofi presents us the story of how she managed to become one of the most influential people in the country that was dominated by men. The fact that Fawzia Koofi began her political career in the very beginning of 21st century emphasizes this example, considering also that by the end of 20th century women have already gained some equality in most countries.
It is important to note that her stories were written before the feminist movement of the late nineteenth century began. Chopin, a free spirit who would passionately argue with strangers about political and social matters to the dismay of wives in her social circle, was ahead of her time. Unlike Louise Mallard, Chopin became an independent widow after the death of her husband Oscar Chopin, which was considered immoral in her time (Seyersted 62). She did not want to lose her independence and wanted to live for her writing (Seyersted 62). With this in mind, it is odd that Chopin... ... middle of paper ... ...omen faced in such a system.
America has made great advances in women’s rights over the last few decades. Women are prominent in the work place, living independently, and even running for office. However, this has not always been the case, during the course of history, women have been subjected to slavery, denied the right to vote, and have been viewed as property. Throughout all of human history women have been mistreated by men. 70 years after the American Revolution, white males enjoyed freedoms they viewed as their god given rights, but woman were somehow left out, they even seemed to be excluded from the constitution (“All men are created equal.”) “After so much had been done to ensure America’s freedom, it was hypocritical that woman were not allowed to vote, married woman had no property rights, and husbands possessed so much legal power they could beat or imprison their wives on a whim.
Furthermore, women had long worked in the temperance and abolitionist movements, but were still considered second class citizens, property of their husbands and too emotional and irrational to vote. Women began to work tirelessly to lecture, march and lobby to make a radical change to the Constitution. After years of struggles, the 19th Amendment was passed in 1919 and ratified in 1920 guaranteeing all women the equal right to vote. Today, we as women observe this right to vote as commonplace, but without the sacrifice of these early pioneers of women’s suffrage, we would not be where we are today. Today we have many women involved in politics who give a different point of view to situations that, in the past may not have occurred or been heed by just male voters.
In early 19th century the position of women in the society was worse. They dreamed of being treated equally with men in the society. On August 26, 1920 millions of American women celebrated victory (“The Fight”, n.d.). It was the day when the United States constitution made an official declaration that allows American women to vote and contest for public offices. It was the day when woman’s suffrage movement tasted success.
However in 21st century America things have come a long way for women than how they used to be. Women can vote, own property, write wills, make a higher income than men, all things that they could not do in the 19th century. If that dates too far back, it is still safe to say that things have come a long way in as little as 50 years. In Bell Hooks essay, Understanding Patriarchy, many of her ideas are outdated and refer back to a time when men had more control over women. As we move toward a future with more equal rights for everyone, women are starting to get the upper hand on men in all aspects.
“The Story of an Hour” Rhetorical Analysis Xuding Wang writes in her essay, Feminine Self-Assertion in “The Story of an Hour”, a strong defense for Kate Chopin’s classic work, “The Story of an Hour”. Wang provides powerful proof that one of the pioneering feminist writers had a genuine desire to push the issue of feminine inequality. Even decades later, Xuding Wang fights for the same ground as Kate Chopin before her. She focuses on critic Lawrence I. Berkove, who challenges that Louise Mallard is delusional with her personal feelings of freedom once she discovers the news that her husband has passed away. The story opens with the line “Knowing Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble” (Chopin).
He became popular because of the ridicule he received for “revealing a women’s need for independence from male authority” (feminist literature). While most characters in the play remained obedient to their societal roles, one woman took her life into her own hands. Mrs. Linde, after the death of her husband, learned to stand on her own two feet with no ones help. She got a job, a house and learned to stand on her own two feet. Even though Mrs. Linde played a minor role in the play, her life became a model for the feminist movements because she defied female stereotypes for her time period.