Like other immigrant groups, they immigrated due to extreme poverty from population increase. But many forget that during the 1840's America and Mexico were at war. Winning the war, America claimed land that was once apart of Mexico. Granting citizenship to those choosing to staying in America, many stayed hoping for a new start. Even then Americans alienated their new neighbors for... ... middle of paper ... ...namic relationship we have with Latin American immigrants will help hush the hatred felt on either side.
The history of Mexican American Women in the Southwest and Midwest is mentioned in detail in Vicki L. Ruiz's book From Out of the Shadows and also covers historical background of the author's relatives. Much of the Americanization of American Mexican women is marked on how they were affected by Houchen's attempts to assimilate them and their families in positive and negative ways along with social pressures leading to resistance. Some examples that cover the details of integration of Mexican women in American society are how Houchen has helped their families and themselves. However a few the negative aspects are covered, such as idealizations of American life only to be faced with issues regarding racial and gender a discrimination. A few reasons why women and children were often targeted by settlement houses and mainly the Rose Gregory Houchen settlement located in El Paso, Texas due to the notion women were the foundation of the family.
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Women jumped at the idea of working to gain money while their “breadwinner” was fighting in the war because it let them taste what it means to be considered a working citizen. Although, they would not let go of the big step towards gaining equal rights to men. Women pushed further and the Joint Resolution was passed on May 19th, 1919 by Congress allowing women the right to vote and extends the right to suffrage to women making their dreams to be an American citizen a reality (Doc. 6). They... ... middle of paper ... ...ued because of what they have done.
Women played a crucial role during World War II, both with the production of war materials, and keeping our country from sliding back into a depression. Since the 1940s, women have continued to struggle to prove that they can do the same jobs that a male worker can do, and should get paid the same amount for it. Equal pay for women has continued to be an intensely debated subject since World War II, when women stepped up to fill the void in the workforce that men left behind when they courageously fought to defend our country. As scores of men left the country, they left behind massive gaps in the United States workforce. The government noticed this problem, and drafted their infamous Rosie the Riveter posters (A&E Television Networks).
Women's rebellion against the middle-class housewife's role contributed to this second wave of women's movements. It began with women's examination of their personal lives and developed into a program for economic and political change. Women's groups discovered discrimination in the workplace, where women received less pay and fewer promotions than men did. They also uncovered barriers to women seeking political office and to female students striving for high academic achievement. So, the women of America banned together to achieve their political ... ... middle of paper ... ...tivism Resources.
Women not only were tolerated in the paid labor force, they were actively recruited to take 'men's jobs' as a patriotic duty, to keep the war economy booming while the men went off to fight.” (Cavallo, 141). Additionally, Even at the conclusion of the war as women wer... ... middle of paper ... ... and rights of both Women and African Americans presented by World War Two installed a new sense of what they were capable of achieving as American citizens, while unfortunately, Japanese Americans found themselves dilapidated of their rights and lives as American citizens. To start, women showed America that they were equally valuable workers and fully capable of self management which would drive them in the years to come. In similarity, African Americans were granted equal wages in the defense industry which gave them better lively hoods and a new drive to petition for more equality in the years to come. In a dishonoring contrast, Japanese Americans found their lives immensely degraded from its previous position and would so for years to come resulting from their jobs, educations, homes, normal family lives, and basic American rights being lives ripped from them.