The Women’s Movement
Women had it difficult in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Men and women defiantly had different treatments towards each other. Once women were married, they were not important or even relevant. Not even during elections were women noticed. They couldn’t vote until August 1920. Women also couldn’t have big professional jobs. And most importantly women could not get the same education as men because most colleges wouldn’t accept them. This made women completely dependent on men. The women’s movement began in the 19th century. Women finally spoke out against the men. The Seneca Falls Convention which happened in July of 1848 was organized by Women’s Rights Activists. This group consistent of some ladies named Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott. The original goal of the convention was to talk about the rights of women and to make others realize how big of an impact this made. Unfortunately the Civil War came and this put a hold on the movement. Many women helped out with aid for the war and took over the males job in society. Shortly after the war women began to start more conventions. In 1867, Susan B. Anthony created the Equal Rights Association. This started the period of women pushing the right to vote. (pg 494 in book) As time went on, men started to fight back and realize what the women were doing. This made it harder for women to stand up for themselves. Despite all the hard times, women began to move forward and continue with their fight. The good news was that several laws and government programs helped the women. Finally on August 18,1920 the 19th amendment was passed. This granted suffrage to women. Even though women won this, the battle still continued. Women pushed for more rights, until the 1970s when they were declared equal. Finally all the amendments applied to all citizens, male and female. In conclusion, the women’s movement was a slow and tough, but greatly needed movement which clearly...
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