Although women were granted the right to vote in 1920, Gloria Steinem, a feminist who emerged in the 1970's, addressed the continual gender discrimination that limited women's inherent liberties in the workplace and at home causing a new wave of feminism to develop. Since women were considered inferior to men both physically and intellectually, women refused to accept this inequality so they began to declare their rights. The first wave of feminism in the U.S. began at the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention in New York, which issued a historic declaration of women’s rights (Hearne 2 of 7). Originally, the feminist movement started as a fight for a woman’s right to vote, but then it gained momentum in the late 1800’s during the Progressive Era to include women’s involvement in public affairs and political activism, including the temperance movement, and the labor movement (1 of 7). In 1890 the main occupation of most women was caring for their ... ... middle of paper ... ...ords (99-101 of 111).
Women's Legal and Political Rights Until the end of 18th century there was a large opposition to women's legal and political rights, though some improvements were made, the issue of giving women the vote was still highly opposed. Feminism is linked to the women's movement and is commonly connected with two basic beliefs, that women are disadvantaged because of their sex, and that this disadvantage should be overthrown. Since the nineteenth century women's movement gained a central focus of the campaign for female suffrage and the right to vote. It was Mary Wollstonecraft and Lucretia Mott, who can be considered as the most famous pioneer of women’s rights and feminism movement. They made a great impact and influenced nowadays world.
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).
A) The Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention the issue of suffrage was brought up for the first time and supported by Frederick Douglas. The sacrifices, suffering, and criticism that the women activist made would be so that the future generations would benefit the future generations. 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. Women soon realized that in order to make sure that they were not treated as second-class status they would need to have the right to vote.
The Reasons Behind the Development of Women's Suffrage Campaign Ans.1: From 1837 to 1901 Britain, reached its highest power, and was ruled over by a female monarch. Queen Victory ruled over a society in which women were denied the same political rights as men, in employment they experienced exploitation, whilst the doors to professional careers remained closed to them. Society expected women to be wives and mothers and assumed that women were economically and socially dependant on men. The vote was seen as a device which could be utilized to force the government to take women's issues seriously. Thus began the suffrage movement in the years after 1870.
Feminism is an ideal that arose when women could not take being under appreciated in a world ruled by man. Rising up women formed an organization to fight for the rights they were stripped of. The first of major accomplishments for women came when they had gained the right to vote, suffrage. Starting back in the 1800’s when women wanted the right just as much as men to choose who lead the country. Next, came when women wanted to find their voice, more so have equal rights when dealing with wages, jobs, and legal rights they never were allowed.
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.
Each of the pieces of literature agreed that the social equality of women was changing, but each offer a unique aspect of what changed it, and what slowed progression of equality. Linda Kreber's Women In The Republic: Intellect And Ideology In Revolutionary America was written to focus on the role of women after the revolution. Kreber analyzed the various roles of women in the revolution, and the impact these roles had on women in the republic following. ... ... middle of paper ... ...by Skemp, the greatest change in women's rights at the time was education opportunities for young women. McMahon also felt that motherhood was the greatest setback for women's rights.
Thus, an urgent need was created for women to receive a special education. The women’s movement for emancipation in the nineteenth century was dedicated to the fight for higher education. Criticising the family and marriage and the lack of any alternative, the first feminists laid the basis for the transformation of female attitudes and awareness in the world. Gradually attempts began to transform the traditional gender stereotypes from patriarchal to gender equality. The emergence of feminism was legitimate due to social and economic changes and changes associated with the growth of female attempts to determine their place in a changing world.
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.