“There shall never be another be another season of silence until women have the same rights as men on this green earth.” Susan B. Anthony Susan B. Anthony was an important leader and left a long lasting legacy because she stood up and fought, alongside Elizabeth Cady Stanton, leading women rebelling against sexism. Susan b. Anthony started publishing the Revolution in 1868. In 1869, Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman 's Suffrage Association to agitate for a 16th amendment that would outlaw disenfranchisement on account of sex. In 1872, Anthony stood up for women’s rights, demanding the right to vote in a voter registration office in Rochester, NY., on November 1, 1872, leading 14 other women,and later getting arrested. Susan B. Anthony didn’t live to see the 19th amendment passed yet she worked up until one month before her death to see sexism end.
It is no secret that no matter how much women continue to strive in the workplace, politics, etc., inequality will always persist. Throughout American history, the oppression of women has caused an adverse effect on humanity. Some men believed that embracing women as worthy of equal opportunities was a threat to them, as all the rules would be changing. However, the 1900s witnessed a change in that trend, as women started to fight and stand up for their rights. Women have stood on the frontline of this conflict, but at the end of the day they are only requesting “The power or privilege to which one is justly entitled” So, how did women’s role in society evolve from 1919 to 1941?
Women's activism has brought and is continuously causing changes in the country that are more liberating and emancipating of the women's rights and place in the society. With the help of brave, bold, and principled women, the status and roles of women in the nation have become more meaningful. Indeed, the 20th century was a turning point in the lives of many women. This was the time when women battled against the oppressions brought by patriarchy through crusading for the promotion of their civil rights, sexual freedom, and pursuing careers which were once forbidden to them.
Mary Wollstonecraft, a women’s rights advocate in the year 1792 summed it up perfectly when she said, “I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” She is describing the fight within every woman in the Feminist Movement that began in the 1700’s and extended throughout the late 20th century. This powerful motion was a drive to address the debated issues of reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, women’s suffrage, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. As time has passed, feminists have pushed extremely hard to gain equal rights and respect from their male counterparts. Unfortunately in today’s world, society still puts an emphasis on a women’s exterior beauty. They emphasize it in magazines, television commercials, and even the infamous beauty pageant.
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.
Anthony then became a part of a group called the National Woman Suffrage Association. This group had a goal to get an amendment in the Constitution. The women suffragists then began to argue that "women deserve the vote because they were different from men ("The Fight for Women 's Suffrage").Years later in 1910, some Western states began to let women vote. A women by the name of Carrie Chapman Catt became a significant person for women’s suffrage("Catt, Carrie Chapman,“American Social Reform”). Catt influenced many women during the encountering of women 's suffrage because she served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association,founder of the League of Women Voters, devised the "Winning Plan” and was an influential activist who fought for women 's rights.
Women’s rights have been a concern around the World since almost forever. The biggest advances in these rights, though, happened in America. For almost two hundred years, give or take some breaks, women have been doing what they could to advance their rights. Women did more to expand their rights before and during WWII, though. They spread their message by holding protests, stepping outside of the boundaries given to them, and reaching out to other 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.
During the 1850s through the 1960s started a major wave for feminist throughout many countries. The women fought for inequalities and mainly to gain women’s suffrage (the right to vote). They were willing to do whatever it took to get what they wanted, such as picketing, starting a hunger strike and etc. These women fought to bring light to women’s issues to the national level. They encouraged others to think what the meaning of human rights really means.
In regards to Esther Peterson, she was “Assistant Secretary of Labor... ... middle of paper ... ...on, it took the hard work of dedicated women to bring about a change in the American government when it came to sexual equality. “Piggybacking” of the Civil Rights Movement women were able to change the face of the American government from a purely patriarchal society, to that of an equal society, where everyone has the right to make the same amount of wages as their sexual counterparts, as well as maintain the rights of being a basic human being. Equality for women is still being fought for in other societies that oppress women, with women such as Betty Friedan, and Pauli Murray who left behind a legacy of fighting for equality, females will witness the injustice and take action such as they did. Work Cited "Black Power an Urban Rebellions." In The American Promise: A History of the United States 5th editiion.