Intro Throughout its history women in the United States , women worked actively and laboriously to change society’s perception of the role of American women in society. Feminist groups developed in the 19th century and made great strides for the equal rights of women by the 20th century. During World War 1 (WW1), women filled men’s jobs due to soldiers’ deployment overseas. Women hungered for something more than the day to day housewife routines of cooking, cleaning, and raising children. Women wanted to become more involved members of society.
In regards to Esther Peterson, she was “Assistant Secretary of Labor... ... middle of paper ... ...on, it took the hard work of dedicated women to bring about a change in the American government when it came to sexual equality. “Piggybacking” of the Civil Rights Movement women were able to change the face of the American government from a purely patriarchal society, to that of an equal society, where everyone has the right to make the same amount of wages as their sexual counterparts, as well as maintain the rights of being a basic human being. Equality for women is still being fought for in other societies that oppress women, with women such as Betty Friedan, and Pauli Murray who left behind a legacy of fighting for equality, females will witness the injustice and take action such as they did. Work Cited "Black Power an Urban Rebellions." In The American Promise: A History of the United States 5th editiion.
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?
In the mid nineteenth century America was going through an age of reform. The person who would be the center of these reforms would be the women in society. Women soon realized that in order to make sure that all the reforms went through they would need more power and influence in society. The oppression and discrimination the women felt in this era launched the women into create the women’s right movement. The women fought so zealously for their rights it would be impossible for them not to achieve their goals.
It makes a clear statement that if women are treated as secondary citizens, the immigrant workers are beneath them. ¬¬The women in Mexico and the United States were both faced with enormous obstacles to overcome. In spite of the difficulties they faced, women from both countries sought to better themselves in the midst of the chaos. They strove to gain control of their lives and demanded a voice within their country. In the United States, women fought not only against the patriarchy, but against racism and xenophobia.
They emphasize it in magazines, television commercials, and even the infamous beauty pageant. The industry of beauty pageants is growing rapidly, jeopardizing the continuous work of many women’s rights advocates, throwing away the continuing efforts for equal rights (Miss America, 2011). Women Facing Discrimination The life of a woman prior to the 1960’s was simple; stay in the home, take care of the family, and face discrimination daily. The feminists of the 20th century had different visions for themselves however, including: equal pay for equal work, an end to domestic violence, an end to sexual harassment, and sharing of household responsibilities. Until the Feminist Movement in the 1960’s, women faced enormous inequality in the workforce.
It gave them the chance to control their own fate and live more public lives successfully (Soto 31-32). Mexican women were essential to the revolution in a number of ways. They were involved in politics, were strong advocates for the causes they believed in, and participated in life on the battlefields. The female political figures were probably the most important and influential women in the Mexican Revolution. They were prominent political activists, thinkers, writers, figures, role models, and were fearless in their pursuit of their goals, often resulting in jail terms.
Alongside, they formed their own organization representing them against the federal government like the NOW or National Organization for Women. Through the years, women have been struggling to fight for equal rights and unfortunately still exist even at the present in some areas. Yes, women’s status was not like what they used to back then, where their roles where to stay home do household chores and take care of the children. Now, women have grown to be a new person. They have accomplished their goals and work wherever they want these days.
Milagros Ricourt, in her book Women in Latin America would answer “women responded to their traditional gender roles of motherhood and protectors of their households. The love of a mother for her child was the trigger for women’s actions to ba... ... middle of paper ... ...o more opportunities. Women are faced with a social stigma that they only could stay at home and take care of the kids, and complete domestic work. All of these inequalities between men and women in Latin America make women angry, frustrated and tired. These women join together and fight for their social equality, and their fighting makes them feminists.
Women had a major stake in the Mexican Revolution, which began roughly in 1910 under the reign of Porfirio Diaz, considered a dictator by many historians, who ran Mexico with an iron first for around 26 years. Under his fierce dictatorship, women of all classes did not fare well. In Diaz’s Mexico, Wealthier women had access to education, but could only use it to become the respectable matriarchs of their families, work for the church, or become teachers. Middle class women were relegated to vocational schools and were taught job-specific skills, which included no academics. Poorer women were treated by society with complete indifference, and only found opportunity as domestic servants, market workers, or prostitutes.