Many women have contributed to supporting women 's rights, leaving their mark on history. Four women will be discussed, describing their work and events that incorporate the campaign that each woman supported or lead.
Jeannette Rankin (active 1910-1968)
Born June 11, 1880, Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected into U.S. Congress at the age of 36. After attending college, she tried several jobs, following her mother’s lead as a teacher, then a seamstress, and finally a social worker. She was also a pacifist, reformer, and women’s suffrage activist. Having moved to Washington State, she became involved with the suffrage movement, pursuing the need to amend that state 's constitution, allowing voting rights for women. Once Washington was ratified in 1911, Rankin returned home to Montana, fighting for the liberty to vote there, taking until 1914 to establish those rights.
With her activist past, Rankin was elected into U.S. Congress in 1916, and would serve a second term in 1940. This afforded her a distinctive opportunity of voting against US entry into war during both World War I (in 1917) and World War II (in 1941). However, she fought for rights of the working women of the war effort, creating the women 's rights legislation. When her term ended in 1919, Rankin served as a delegate on the Women 's International Conference for Peace in Switzerland. Following that, she was an active member of the Women 's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
In 1939, Rankin once again ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, winning based on her anti-war position. She voted against entry into war, although Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, being the only protesting vote. After the end of th...
... middle of paper ...
... she ran as the Presidential candidate under the ideologically Georgist Commonwealth Land Party. Along with Nettie Rogers Shuler, in 1923, Catt published Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story of the Suffrage Movement. She was active in anti-war causes during the 1920s and 1930s, returning to the peace movement, founding a new organization, the National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War (NCCCW. They separated war causes into four classes: political, economical, psychological, and social/contributory. The organization took it upon themselves to end wars since women appeared to be morally courageous, whereas males were deemed physically courageous.
During 1940 in New York, Catt assisted with organization of the Women 's Centennial Congress, a celebration of the feminist movement within the United States. She died in New Rochelle, New York on March 9, 1947.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Four Women in History Many women have contributed to supporting women 's rights, leaving their mark on history. Four women will be discussed, describing their work and events that incorporate the campaign that each woman supported or lead. Jeannette Rankin (active 1910-1968) Born June 11, 1880, Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected into U.S. Congress at the age of 36. After attending college, she tried several jobs, following her mother’s lead as a teacher, then a seamstress, and finally a social worker.... [tags: Women's suffrage, Women's rights, Suffragette]
1358 words (3.9 pages)
- In 1945 women had a minimal standpoint in government, hardly an opinion at all. It was a mans world and thats how it was intended to stay. Thankfully, there were women who wanted equal rights and believed no matter what gender a person was they still had the same rights as a man. There were, and still are, many amazing women in history who have made dramatic changes to womens rights. Without people like Benazir Bhutto, who ended militant dictatorship in Pakistan and gave women rights, and Malala Yousafzai, who was responsible for creating equal rights for education for women, all while defying the Taliban’s wishes and whom is now a global advocate for women’s rights.... [tags: Women's suffrage, Women's rights, Woman]
1279 words (3.7 pages)
- Imagine you are walking down the street, minding your own business and a stranger approaches you, they stop you, talk to you and may even begin to touch you. What would you do. If you were a man you might respond in an act of violence, if you were a child you may be able to scream and run away but for most women this is something we must fear and sometimes endure every single day. Now imagine what you might be feeling, maybe you are scared, vulnerable or helpless, some may find this hard to imagine but because of the lack of support of women’s right those are feelings that women feel all the time.... [tags: Human rights, Law, United Nations, Women's rights]
997 words (2.8 pages)
- Another traditional belief that Africa holds onto, despite its taxing nature on the equality of women, is regarding marriage. The belief is that when women are married, they essentially become possessions of their male partners. Traditionally, a girl’s family will give her away to a prospective husband of their choosing in exchange for payment. In addition to this, some villages like that of the Igbo people have a tradition where when a husband dies, the wife is turned over to his brother. In The Joys of Motherhood, Nnaife’s brother dies and he inherits his wife.... [tags: Feminism, Gender, Africa, Women's rights]
1231 words (3.5 pages)
- The French Revolution was a period of time in which France underwent many changes, many which could be considered revolutionary. France’s whole system and way of being was completely changed. New ideas were proposed everyday. An idea is revolutionary when it is a new idea, when it is something that has never been thought of before. The Declaration of the Rights of Women written by Olympe de Gouges on September 1791, was one of the ideas proposed to the National Assembly (Hunt, Web 1). The document proposed that since the French Revolution was all about finding equality for all people, women should be equal to men and therefore, should have the same rights as men did.... [tags: olympe de gouges,french revolution,women's rights]
1382 words (3.9 pages)
- Mandi Sellars Steven McCall Political Science July 10, 2015 The Rights of American Women Early in American society, women played the role as the primary caretaker of their children in their homes. The only purposes women served in society, back in those days, was to reproduce, care for their own children, and care for their homes. Men, at the same time in history, assumed the responsibilities of hunting, fishing, and producing crops to provide food for their families. They also bared the burden of fighting in times of war.... [tags: Women's suffrage, Women's rights]
1089 words (3.1 pages)
- There was a time in the world when women were without basic rights and required the power to make decisions about their own lifestyle. They weren’t educated to the same standard as men. They weren’t allowed to work, they weren’t even allowed to inherit property. Everything belonged to their husband or family. There were no women in the police force or government and women weren’t even allowed to vote. Men’s power over women often cost their lives , the physical power is obvious. But there is also emotional power.... [tags: Human rights, Women's suffrage, Women's rights]
2387 words (6.8 pages)
- Equal Rights for Lebanese Women Throughout history, women have been dominated by men, and were not given their human rights, simply because they were women. Nevertheless, starting the eighteenth century, some women started showing their dissatisfaction with their unfair conditions. They came to realize that since they were human beings, then they must have equal rights as men. In this paper, I intend to show the historical back ground of the earliest women’s movements in the world, and to state the major achievement of these movements.... [tags: Equal Rights Women's Rights]
1961 words (5.6 pages)
- Even as far back as the United States independence, women did not possess any civil rights. According to Janda, this view is also known as protectionism, the notion that women mush be sheltered from life's harsh realities. Protectionism carried on throughout the general populations view for many decades until the 1920's when the women's movement started. Women finally received the right to vote in the Nineteenth Amendment. The traditional views of protectionism, however, remained in people's minds until the 1970's (Janda et al, 2000: 538-539).... [tags: Civil Rights for Women]
2275 words (6.5 pages)
- Women had it difficult in the mid-1800s to early 1900s. There was a difference in the treatment of men and women then. Married women had few rights in the eyes of the law. Women were not even allowed to vote until August 1920. They were not allowed to enter professions such as medicine or law. There were no chances of women getting an education then because no college or university would accept a female with only a few exceptions. Women were not allowed to participate in the affairs of the church.... [tags: Women's Rights Movement]
467 words (1.3 pages)