In her book, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” she created a scandal perhaps to her unconventional lifestyle. The book is a manifesto of women rights arguing passionately for educating women. Sensualist and tyrants appear right in their endeavor to hold women in darkness to serve as slaves and their plaything. Anyone with a keen interest in women rights movement will surely welcome her inexpensive edition, a landmark documen... ... middle of paper ... ...mbers and market women, National Assembly worst fears concerning women seemed to be realized. Rather than using the new political rights and civil freedoms to better care for their families, women were swarming in the streets brandishing weapons at each other, meddling in political affairs, of which they had little knowledge and generally causing disorder (Landes 100).
Since the Unites States free themselves from the oppressing government of British power, the U.S created the opportunity for citizens to become more civilized and understanding nation toward human’s rights. There were many hardships that the United States had to go through for the human rights to start flourishing. There were wars and many political changes that lead to better opportunities in society for women and slaves. Many things happened between 1846 and the civil war in the early 1850’s woman started to revolt and realize there was more to life then just being human puppets. Then shortly after that the parties started to separate and states began to fear that the president would take away their slaves so in fear of that they started to separate from the united states.
A Woman's Journey The "old" definition for feminism was defined as working towards an overall goal as a group, to achieve economic and political power. Today, this new definition no longer holds true, because many women are misrepresented and confused by many new definitions of feminism. This confusion has created women's ability to take matters into her own hands, and follow her own goals and inspirations-whatever they may be. The first wave of the women's movement started when Abigail Adams wrote her husband, John, to ask him to "remember the ladies" when writing the Declaration of Independence. In fact, the writers did include women's rights, but they took it out in the final draft.
These activist women had crusaded for the promotion of their civil rights, sexual freedom, and pursued careers which were once forbidden to them. Activists women of the 20th century engaged in various crusades in order to emancipate women and change the conventional stereotyping society that continued to compartmentalized people according to their gender. Eleanor Roosevelt was one of those feminists who advanced the political and social freedom of women. Amidst the ongoing racial discrimination against certain groups of people, the Jews in particular, Roosevelt courageously opened the eyes of the people about the worldwide prejudices that were hindering the exercise of freedom of people (Cook “Reading 4” 535). Through her writings, she became very vocal about human rights abuses.
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).
This was especially so for women because the literary rhetoric of reform offered one means of negotiating domesticity's inherent contradiction that women were responsible for national morality but restricted from morality's larger public arenas." (Thompson 131) Social reform was started, and pushed along by women authors like these. They dared to write and publish their stories for the good of their people. Work Cited Mary K. DeShazer. The Longman Anthology of Women's Literature: from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.