Historians typically like to breakdown the history of the United States into different “eras”. One era that was important to women’s rights was the Progressive Era, which lasted from the 1890’s through the 1920’s. (Reforming) The women during this era were married, middle-class, stay at home moms. And African American women were normally still bonded in slavery. (Reforming) During this time however, more and more women began finding jobs outside the home. They began working in department stores and clerical jobs. They were even graduating from college and becoming lawyers, doctors, scientist and other jobs that were held by men. Changes occurred during this era for African American women also. They began to seek jobs in factories and as domestic servants. (Reforming) The women also began to realize if they bonded together, they could change the way things where done. They formed clubs and groups to organize their efforts, make impressions and fight for the rights of all women. They helped lobby for clean water, play grounds, public libraries and more. (Reforming)
The women’s rights movement began in 1848 with the first...
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...“Nothing – nothing makes me happier than when a young women or a girl comes up to me and says ‘Thank you so much for what you’ve done.” (Kandil)
The fight for women’s rights continues even today in many countries, but because of many women in US history, life for women is much easier than it was 100 years ago. The leaders of the Women’s Rights movement, fought long and hard for equal rights for all women, regardless of color, religious belief or political involvement. Because of their struggles and determination, we can now vote, work freely and own properties. Others, such as Madeleine Albright, continue to encourage young women and girls that politics need women to hold positions of power and decision making authority. Without the hard work of these great women leaders and the continued work of many others, the rights of women could have been much different.
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