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The feminist movement began in1848 in Seneca Falls, New York when the idea was purposed that women deserved equal treatment as men and the right to vote. That idea provoked the first wave of feminism with the women’s suffrage movement. The suffrage movement was accomplished in 1920 when women were granted the right to vote with the 19th amendment. Women saw no need to stop there and began to fight for the rights they believed all deserved, the second wave of feminism began in the 1960. “The Sixties were an edgy time of transition, change, and confusion” observed journalist Kati Marton in “Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shap... ... middle of paper ... ...lped them make the change from second class citizen to full-fledged members of society.
Jane Austen, a well-known author in the early 1800s, “advocated for the dignity, intelligence, and basic human potential of the female sex,” but feminists think of a separate, specific event as kicking off women's rights activism (Rampton). In July of 1848, the first meeting that had ever addressed women's rights exclusively took place in Seneca Falls, New York. Over 300 men and women came to the convention, and this started the first wave of feminism in which American women fought for the right to vote. The second wave fought for freedom of sexuality while the third wave, which is currently taking place, fights against America's raunch or sexually driven culture in order to lessen the burden of oppression and “-isms” of people other than male WASPS. Feminism is the equality of men and women but has evolved into a fight for more than just two separate sexes.
In 1790, only white male property-owners were accepted to participate at first in American democracy. However, the women’s right to vote was completely accepted in 1920. Why has 19th Amendment taken so long time? In 1869, Susan and Elizabe... ... middle of paper ... ... an intention of many women were granted, and the present society was made. The 19th Amendment and the Suffrage movement gave women for the better life in the society.
Have you ever wondered why women have the rights that they have today and not have to be the way women were supposed to be before? The beginning of all changes started in 1848 and lasted not just till 1920 but even until today. Many leaders such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steimem and Sojourner Truth at the time were supported by both men and women to encourage women to conquer sexism and claim their rights. The whole purpose of the movement is to gain equality for all women. In 1972, Judy Brady wrote an essay “Why I Want a Wife” to reach out to all her readers that men want perfect wives to do everything for them.
Stanton, E. C. (2012). History of woman suffrage. New York: Arno Press/New York Times. King, B. G., Cornwall, M., &Dahlin, E. C. (2005). Winning woman suffrage one step at a time: Social movements and the logic of the legislative process.