Feminism and Women's Rights in North America

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Over the past century women have made huge accomplishments in the fight for equal rights. Over the past one hundred years woman have won the right to vote, the right to work and they have shattered the stereo-type that women must be ‘baby producing house keepers’. However, even with the success of the feminist movement there are still numerous issues that exist in all areas of life. Women occupy 50% of the work force but earn up to 20% less than males, 53% of the world's population is female however females only hold 1% of the world’s wealth. While feminism has come a long way in the previous years many believe that there is a long way to go before we can accurately say men and women have equal rights. The term Feminist has been around since the early nineteenth century. Since the beginning of time women have been demanding respect and equality, but it wasn’t until about a little over a century ago when women began to make any headway in their fight for equality. In the late 19th and early 20th century women first organized their fight against the wide spread abuse of alcohol, this was known as the Women's Temperance Movement. During this time women were not allowed to work and were expected to stay home and take care of the household duties. Women were forced to rely on the incomes of their male counter parts however, alcohol abuse sustained a huge threat to the financial stability of the family. In the 19th Century Americans spent about 2 million dollars on education, 9 million on food, and one billion on alcohol. Women were forced to struggle to put food on the table and had virtually no say in how alcohol consumption was being dealt with. Women were unable to state their concern as they did not have access to political town meetings where the women were forbidden to go inside. Women from across the world fought for their voice to be heard and in 1920 feminist across Canada celebrated the prohibition of alcohol. This act would forever be known as the first...
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