Was the American Dream really obtainable to anyone and everyone?
They call the United States of America the land of equal opportunity, where hope is a given and all you have to do is dream. However this was not the case for many people, such as the women in the United States around the late 1860 through the 1920s, when our beautiful country began opening its doors. As a matter of fact when we look back at our history, during that time period, it seems that women weren’t even allowed to dream. They would live their lives according to the rules and standards that society had set for them. From childhood they were only taught how to cook and clean, how to keep a house in order, and how to care for children. Education wasn’t an option and they were often shamed if they spoke out; in other words their opinions were meaningless. It seems that the female gender has come a long way in history, but it took many brave women to stand up and take radical steps to change the future for the upcoming generations. For women in the 1860s through the 1920s, the American Dream of equal treatment and the right to vote seemed to be a myth due to the strong male opposition throughout the workforce, the political field, and even the home; however, all the efforts that the brave women who spoke out and worked towards equality and suffrage soon paid off to make their dream a reality through the right to keep and earn profit from their working land and the 19th amendment being added to the Constitution.
Our country is based on the promise that our founders wrote in the constitution; they stated that all men are created equal. However this constitution was written by men and as we read it we may notice that it was directed for the men as well. The female gender was probably the last thing on their mind when it came to writing about the rights that should be kept and respected. Women at the time were not taken in consideration. What they felt or the way they should be treated was not a concern to the founders. Women were tired of being ignored, they had spent enough time in the kitchen and were ready to step out and take a hold of their lifestyles. They wanted to show men that they were intelligent and deserved to be treated as equal citizens. They came together and did just as the men had done, they listed their rights and what they felt should be given to them as citizens. In order to achieve what they wanted they took the laws and documents that men had set up and restructured them to make them as equal as they could. One of the documents that they took into revision was the Declaration of Independence. They copied what the framers had written and rewrote it to include themselves in it, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights Governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” (Stanton). By choosing a document as important as the Declaration of Independence, they declared war on the oppression they were being put through. They took a leap of bravery and stood up by using one of the most valued and respected set of law. The Declaration of Independence was a sign of victory to the Americans, and by replicating it they were pointing out that it was time to share the victory.
Equality was their goal and they weren’t going to stand up to anything less than that. The question was where and how much equality was enough. Would the standards of equality only apply to the home? No. Women wanted equality in every aspect of the word. The American men however were not happy with this dream. They could not accept the idea of being seen or competing with women on the same level. In fact many women were often put down and shamed if she shared her...
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