Throughout history women have often, if not always, been second-best to men. Women have frequently been denied the rights and opportunities that men have had. For years a women’s only role was to stay home and care for the family. This belief became widely popular in the “cult of domesticity” movement in the 1800’s. The cult of domesticity was the belief that women should stay home as ‘moral guardians’ of family life. They were expected to be weak, nurturing, and selfless (2). Many women opposed this belief, and started to fight for equality. The Women’s suffrage movement helped bring many changes to society’s view of women and their rights.
In conclusion, women won their currents rights on August 26, 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified. After about 100 years of Women’s Rights Conventions, petitions, and hard work, women exercised their right to vote for the first time. Before this time, women had gained some rights, but had a long way to go before they had the same rights as they do today.
American Women gained their right to vote on August 26th, 1920 with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Women didn't have rights to vote or really do anything for centuries. Even voicing their opinions wasn't helping their cause because men would never listen to what they had to say. Women wanted a change from this feeling of repression, so they began their fight for their rights in 1848 by holding their first formal assembly of the women’s rights movement called the Women’s Rights Convention of 1848. Then throughout the years they held rallies, parades and did as much as possible to be heard and to reach their goal to have equal rights.
Women's suffrage, the right for women to vote and campaign for political positions, started a social reform movement with the intent of extending the rights of women, also including the right to own property, paying taxes and marital benefits. The women's suffrage movement, a global turn of events favoring women as equals, has origins in France during the late 1800s with the first British colony in New Zealand granting the extension of women's rights in 1893. The movement spread throughout Europe, starting with the Grand Duchy of Finland and then to an autonomous segment of the Russian Empire, which produced the first female parliament members in 1907. Meanwhile, significant changes took shape in the United States, which ultimately lead to the formation of the nineteenth amendment that bound the God-given right for women to vote without denial based upon their sex alone.
The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Consititution provides women equal voting rights to men, and states citizens’ vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” It is the congress’ job to bring this regulation into focus (Grolier,2009). Women being given the right to vote is important not only to society but also because it has had a significant influence in women’s personal lives.
On August 18, 1920 the nineteenth amendment was fully ratified. It was now legal for women to vote on Election Day in the United States. When Election Day came around in 1920 women across the nation filled the voting booths. They finally had a chance to vote for what they thought was best. Not only did they get the right to vote but they also got many other social and economic rights. They were more highly thought of. Some people may still have not agreed with this but they couldn’t do anything about it now. Now that they had the right to vote women did not rush into anything they took their time of the right they had.
Women’s rights have been a concern around the World since almost forever. The biggest advances in these rights, though, happened in America. For almost two hundred years, give or take some breaks, women have been doing what they could to advance their rights. Women did more to expand their rights before and during WWII, though. They spread their message by holding protests, stepping outside of the boundaries given to them, and reaching out to other women.
Feminism is a political movement that seeks equality between the sexes. Motivated by the search for social justice, feminist analysis provides a wide range of perspectives on social, cultural, economic, and political ideologies. Important topics for feminist politics and theory include: the body, class and work, family life, globalization, human rights, popular culture, race and racism, reproduction, sex work, human trafficking, and sexuality. From early beginnings, to its current state, feminism has been a pervasive movement that has incited social, political and economic change and advancements. Generationally speaking, over the decades feminism has taken on many different meanings. Feminism has become a spectrum; each generation, or wave,
...n years later, the 19th Amendment (also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) allowed the right to vote to all United States women over the age of 21 (SBA House).