During these time markers women had been treated poorly, they felt as if they weren’t equal to the other citizens of the world, especially the men. There are countless activities involving women, but the most spoke about topics is, women’s rights, their suffrage, and the roles they played. In the 19th century women began to take action to change their rights and way of life. Women in most states were incapable to control their own wages, legally operate their own property, or sign legal documents such as wills. Although demoted towards their own private domain and quite powerless, some women took edge and became involved in parts of reform such as temperance and abolition.
Contrary to popular belief, true feminism fights for true equality for women, as well as other people groups. The false view of feminism causes women to distort gender roles, dishonor themselves, and degrade men. To begin, the modernized feminist movement has altered the way gender roles are viewed in society. Women are pushing for complete control in nearly every aspect of life. Many feminists believe women could do just as well, if not better, than men have been doing in leadership positions.
Source A shows an example of a suffragette poster protesting for votes for women. The poster illustrates the possibilities of jobs that a women can achieve, yet still not be respected enough to be given the vote. Most of the jobs listed on the poster are jobs that require a successful education such as a “doctor or teacher”; or they require a strong and trustworthy individual like a “mayor”. The reasons that the suffragettes are demanding the vote is because they believe that women are capable of many things that require importance, so they are very deserving of the vote. Another reason for wanting the vote for women, would relate to how certain men could behave and still have the honour to vote.
Feministic Women in history were subjected to an oppressed role, which men were in control. Many of these women created groups to talk about these problems such as the Seneca Falls. Women fought for equality, but some were happy with the status quo, and some simply became the change. Initially, women fought for equality to end the oppressed rule of a man and wanted to be equal to a man in every way possible, women soon called themselves Feminists. Women in general, were forced to marry a man that the father saw fit to the daughter but this sometimes brought years of abuse and cruelty to the women.
Inequality of women during 1840 to 1968 Many ancient laws and beliefs show that women from all around the world have always been considered inferior to men. However, as time went on, ideas of equality circulated around and women started to demand equality. Many women fought for equality and succeeded in bringing some rights. However, full equality for women has yet to be fulfilled. This issue is important because many women believe that the rights of a person should not be infringed no matter what their gender is, and by not giving them equality, their rights are being limited.
Addams makes a persuasive argument that a woman’s “old business” role of caring for her home and rearing her children has fundamentally changed as society had become more complicated and required a greater need for women to influence society outside their homes. Men who were anti-suffrage were powerful voices, but when women seemed uninvolved in this issue, it made it harder to make the claim that women should have the vote. During 1905, a lot of discussion about whether women should vote was based on polls. However, most women either didn 't consider it relevant to them or felt uncomfortable with openly opposing it. People argued, why should suffrage be granted, if women didn 't even want it for themselves?
Even though this movement changed many views in society, the reason they failed was because they pulled back their alliances. Not long after the second wave of feminism began and sexuality became their main goal along with a broader view concerning the workplace, family, and reproductive rights. Women focused their energy on passing the Equal Rights Amendment which would guarantee them social equality and the right to have freedom in the choices they make. “Radical feminists wanted gender equality in the workplace, and most liberal feminists wanted a more egalitarian society” ( pg.379). The second wave used a more of a rebellious approach; the radical feminists viewed patriarchy ... ... middle of paper ... ...to keep their society safe and fighting towards the same goal is through nation building.
Lack of cooperation and leaders driven by self –interest is demonstrated throughout history. Most troubling and damaging to the women’s movement were the leaders that undermined women’s civil rights but arguing against other ethnicity rights. Feminist and suffragist struggled with the evolution of the female role in society, they struggled to define gender equality as a woman created different but yet equal to that of a man. Their struggles are understandable, they were pioneers, altering cultural norms and challenging their own moral values, they were forced to evolve with rapid cultural changes that had never been anticipated.
Beginning in the early 1900's, though, women began to want changes in society. They wanted to have a say in the decisions that were made, especially in the area of politics. They did not believe that men should be the only people allowed to vote, when they, too, were active members of society. Women's suffrage changed the face of the earth in many ways. It was the most important movement in showing the equality of men and women, and while to this day, there still may be some people that believe that women are inferior to men, the majority of people see that women are truly capable of doing anything that men can do.
So, with the NAWSA’s aims in mind, legislation was finally endorsed, but only as a result of the NWP’s more militant tactics. In conclusion, the general disunity in rhetoric of the various women’s suffrage organizations postponed and often stifled women’s attainment of full constitutional enfranchisement, but eventually, this same disunity forced the government to give into the women’s plight. Works Cited Scott, Anne F. and Scott, Andrew M. One Half the People: The Fight for Woman Suffrage. NY: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1975. Woloch, Nancy.