Feministic Women in history were subjected to an oppressed role, which men were in control. Many of these women created groups to talk about these problems such as the Seneca Falls. Women fought for equality, but some were happy with the status quo, and some simply became the change. Initially, women fought for equality to end the oppressed rule of a man and wanted to be equal to a man in every way possible, women soon called themselves Feminists. Women in general, were forced to marry a man that the father saw fit to the daughter but this sometimes brought years of abuse and cruelty to the women.
As mothers, women promoted themselves through their children. Their offspring’s accomplishments were their own. It was one more excuse, Freidan states, for women to forego defining themselves” (Hart 2). Unfortunately, many women thought that there was something wrong with them for not finding complete satisfaction in motherhood and life in suburbia, and they wanted something else to give their life some greater meaning. Baffled by sexism in the workforce, Friedan also remarks on the inconsistency of the changing expectations and the treatment of women in America throughout the twentieth century.
Feminism is defined as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of both standard genders. The feminist movement in America started in the late 1800s and spread in the early 1900s. In the beginning of the feminist movement, also known as woman's suffrage, they would hold conventions to try and convince people that women deserved equal rights. Those women and their supporters have fought hard for all the rights that they now possess. But it did not happen over night, it has taken hundreds of years and there are still some inequalities throughout the United States.
This was a setback for women’s rights everywhere, since the only way they were able to obtain the right to vote was by admitting that they were different, and needed to be able to vote to protect themselves form the big strong men. There were many women who fought for female equality, and many who didn’t care, but eventually the feminists won the vote. Women today are still fighting for equality in the home, in the workplace, and in society as a whole, which seems like it may take centuries of more slow progress to achieve. Works Cited Foner, Eric & Garraty, John A. “Minor V. Happersett” http://www.historychannel.com/perl/print_book.pl?ID=35418>[March 11, 2001] Mara Mayor.
However, women aren’t fighting for equality just between men and women in different fields of work, rather they are trying to gain equality within the same careers. Equality has been a fight for women since the 1800s. And while women have achieved huge accomplishments, such as the right to vote, it seems they are always just short of attaining full equality among men in the working world. There still are stereotypical prejudices occurring in the workforce. For the rest of this research project I plan to reach further reasons behind gender inequalities in regards to sociological aspects present in society and hopefully come to a conclusion to this ongoing issue.
Madison Jacks Professor Griffin ENG 251-02 07 October 2014 Women Should Have rights Too Why can women not have the same rights men do? Women have come a long way in equal rights but in the 1800’s women did not have the same rights as men. Women were almost considered “second-class” compared to men. Women could not own land, vote, or even have custody of their children in a divorce (Goff). Even in the 19th Century there were women who knew that women could do the same things as men, but men thought then, and even some today, think that women are just not capable.
The Pioneers of Womens Suffrage Are women really inferior to men? Of course not, but this is the mindset that has been a part of the world since the beginning. For a long time, even women did not believe that they measured up to men. In her book Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen wrote, "A women, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can (Gurko 1974, 5)." Beginning in the early 1900's, though, women began to want changes in society.