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However women will still continue to fight for financial equality in the workforce. The early 20th Century was a time of dramatic change for women in society; pre-World War One most democratic countries still rejected women suffrage, this rejection just served to fuel the Women’s Movement. Furthermore, most women were omitted from the workplace. Instead, they were expected to spend their days as homemakers, raising children, cleaning, cooking, sewing and performing other household chores. The patriarchal domination of women is best illustrated through the American Catholic spokesman, Orestes Brownson before the Civil War.
women not only didn't get a say in politics but they also didn't get education, the right to work, they couldn't even have control over their own body. Women fought for not only the right to vote but the right to be seen as equal to men; The 19th amendment broke the ground for movements that would change the nation forever like the roots in the tree of equality. Women didn’t get the right to vote overnight, it took them 66 years of fighting to win the vote. After years of strict limitations by not only men but society as a whole, women new it was time for a change. The demand for enfranchisement was first formulated at the Seneca Falls convention in 1848(Grolier 2).
Throughout time women have been oppressed by their male counterparts. Many suffragists in the late 1800’s and beyond fought valiantly for the rights women have today. Women including Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns and countless others protested and were jailed for their heroic actions. Women in the 20’s were apprehensive to join politics due to the extensive discrimination, but when the 19th amendment was passed these ‘new women’ became very influential in the American Political sphere. In the beginning of the 1900’s women could not do much of anything in the male dominated political world.
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?
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