Throughout time women have been seen as inferior to men. For hundreds of years until the end of the 20th century, women were deprived of the natural rights they were born with. Women were observed as socially and politically inferior and unable to function at the same level as men, however; with the rise of the civil rights movement, this finally made women equal as men. The struggle for women's rights extends past just the right to vote, but to the right to a full education, the right to their own property and wage and to even enter the workplace with men. At a young age, Maya Angelou had experienced the discrimination and it influenced her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The Women’s Rights Movement helped them throughout the country by passing laws stating that women could own a part of her husband’s estate. In fact, because of their fight for these rights, women had achieved the right to vote, to help the country grow economically, and politically. The Civil Rights movement was one of the most significant and successful social movements in the modern world. It was a movement for full civil rights and racial equality. The African Americans during this time were struggling with segregation in the South and the racial discrimination that was the legally enforced way of life. In fact, the results from the Civil Rights movement completely transformed the lives of African Americans and helped to integrate public schools, places and help them get their natural rights back.
Maya Angelou, born on April 4th, 1928 lived in St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of three, her parents divorced and she was sent with her younger brother Bailey to Stamps, Arkansas, where she lived with her grandmother. At a young age, Maya faced the racial and gender discrimination of the South. During this time, “Jim Crow Laws” were in place. These laws stated that all bathrooms, buses, schools, drinking fountains and even restaurants were separated by skin color. At the age of 15, Maya...
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