The Existence of Separate Spheres from 1865-1915

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How far did separate spheres dominate from 1865-1915?
It is true that from 1865-1915, some activism was existent in regards to women and their pursuit for rights and equality. However, this period failed to distance itself from the influence of “separate spheres”. Women had demonstrated an ability to organise, be methodical and be successful, which helped finally give themselves a sense of visibility. From the period 1865-1915, some level of activism was precipitated by influential women of this period who were no longer prepared to be shackled by the restraints imposed by men and believers in the “separate spheres”. In 1889, Jane Addams established the Hull house project, which helped to house immigrant families; this was one of her significant influences in the quest for female rights. The National Women’s Suffrage Association led by Stanton and Anthony campaigned more aggressively for Federal constitutional amendment for the vote for women. In 1890, both the NWSA and AWAS merged to form the National American Women’s suffrage association (NAWSA). The marches, moderate campaign of lobbying politicians and the distributing of leaflets allowed for steady progress to be made; in 1905 the group had 17,000 members. However, “separate spheres” was still prominent. This led to support from mainstream women in particular to be limited during this period. Furthermore, there was a division of Women’s reform movement splits. In 1870, the 15th Amendment had extended the right to vote to all men, but failed to establish the vote for even the wealthy educated women, further evidencing the idea that politicians held of separate spheres and how women had no place in politics. In 1913, the more radical wing emerged by Alice Paul, the Congressional Union for Women’s suffrage had emerged; by 1915 they had 100,000 members. However, there concerns delved into consideration of temperance and prohibition rather than women’s rights. Despite the idea of “separate spheres”, women...
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