Thomas RussellPHS/ Sodders
Punishment/ After School20120218
American Rights Punishment Essay
In America, things are done democratically, and the main two mantras of a democratic government are, The People Rule and Majority Rule, Rights to the Minorities. The second is extremely important especially in the United States, with so many people from around the world living here in general peace. It means that the federal government cannot make any laws that would disrespect any minority’s rights such as preventing flag burning or claiming a religion is not a true religion, unless they can be classified as a cult or would cause harm to others. But, nonetheless, the minorities are protected by the very principles of democracy.
Now, do these principles grantee American citizens the right to practice their beliefs without intervention from others? The 1st Amendment gives citizens the rights to freedom of speech, expression, press, and the right to assemble peacefully. However, we are not supposed to offend others or give away national secrets. A recent example of such is the case of the U.S. vs. WikiLeaks which builds on the 1917 Espionage Act. The site posted 2500 pages of national secrets, including Pentagon papers, military secrets, and in depth information of our national government. While there is currently no verdict on the case, all federal employees are blocked from the site, and the Library of Congress refuses to acknowledge it.
Another case to look at is the proposed flag burning amendment, which failed by one vote in 2006. In 1989, the Supreme Court declared that laws preventing flag desecration as a form of protest was unconstitutional; however, it still sparks heated debate to this day. Even foul language can be fined, as disorderly conduct under abusive language under the Texas Penal Code § 42.01.A-1, which qualifies as a misdemeanor. Shouldn’t one claim the 1st Amendment in such cases just as one can claim the same Amendment...
...The Equal RightsAmendment Essay
What could be more important than the equality of rights for all American citizens? Women have tried without success for 80 years to be acknowledged as equals in our Constitution through an Equal RightsAmendment (ERA). Currently there is nothing in the United States Constitution that guarantees a woman the same rights as a man. The only equality women have with men is the right to vote. In order to protect women’s rights on the same level as men, I am in favor of an Equal RightsAmendment to the U.S. Constitution today.
There have been many determined women and organizations such as the NASWA and the NWP that have fought long and hard to gain the right to vote. Although it’s been a long battle to get this amendment approved, women today need to keep the fight alive in order to continue to win equality with men on all levels.
The Equal RightsAmendment was first introduced to Congress in 1923, shortly after women in the United States were granted the right to vote. The amendment read “Men and Women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and in every place subject to its jurisdiction. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” This...
...The Equal RightsAmendment
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged
by the United States or by any state on account of sex."
In 1923, this statement was admitted to Congress under the Equal RightsAmendment (ERA). The ERA was a proposed amendment to the United States
Constitution granting equality between men and women under the law. If the Era
was passed, it would have made unconstitutional any laws that grant one sex
different rights than the other. However, in the 1970s, the Era was not passed,
and therefore did not become law.
The idea for an equal rightsamendment first became acknowledged in the
early part of the twentieth century. In 1916, Alice Paul founded the National
Women's party (NWP), a political party dedicated to establishing equal rights
for women. Traditionally, women were viewed as weaker and inferior to men. The
purpose of the ERA was to prohibit any person from acting on this belief. Alice
Paul viewed that equality under the law was the foundation essential to full
equality for women.
In November of 1922, the NWP voted to work for a federal amendment that
could guarantee women's equal rights regardless of legislatures' indecisions.
The NWP had 400 women lobbying for equality.
Despite strong opposition by some women and men, the NWP...
...Advancement of Women’s Rights
Women’s rights have been slowly progressing throughout the history of our country. They have been stuck at home keeping the house clean, taking care of the kids, making dinner, and completing other tasks around the household. Two articles will be overviewed to help show the progression and the difficulties of women trying to gain more rights and to break out of their current social status. The article “Women'sRights as Human Rights: Toward a Re-Vision of Human Rights” by Charlotte Bunch discusses the many issues involved in women’s rights, specifically about how gender is a leading factor in the lack of rights women have. The second article, “From the Second Sex to the Joint Venture: An Overview of Women's Rights and Family Law in the United States During the Twentieth Century” written by Herma Hill Kay, talks about family chemistry, the role of women in the household and the progression of women’s reform movements. These articles show just a few of the factors that all contribute to the reasons why women are fighting for their full equalities. The overview and analysis of said articles will discuss how gender has held back women in society, and the role of women in the house hold and their slow development of their reform.
The leading cause in the lack of women’s rights is their gender....
...getting persecuted for rights we have taken for granted. Gender equality should be practiced around the world because women are also humans and should have equal rights as men. Women should also have the capability to provide for their family and women are naturally more talented than men in certain occupation. It is a fact that their work is not appreciated as must as men’s, although they have to sacrifice a lot for their family and career. Women should be treated equal just like men. Men are neither perfect nor better and should not be trusted with all the important positions and jobs. Women should be given the opportunity to participate in politics and to provide for their family. History tells us that in ancient times women used to possess massive power and several had impenetrable courage under difficult circumstances. Many women have ruled over vast empires successfully and effectively. Queen Elizabeth for example had led England to defeating the Spanish Armada in 1588. (Briscoe, Alexandra) Queen Hatshepsut, female pharaoh of Egypt, had managed to maintain peace and reestablish the trade networks. (Glueck, Grace)
People must recognize that women will never gain freedom until they are respected as humans. Women should be entitled to equal rights just like men. Many religions, cultures and even countries deny the fact that women are equal. But many of the religions, cultures and countries are also against democracy and most...
April 7, 2012
Women’s Rights Movement
Over the course of the last 200 years women’s roles have undergone a number of political and social transitions. From having little to no “control over their own lives” (Applebee) to gaining equality in the political and social arenas, the historical study of women in the United States is one without comparison.
In the early to mid 1800’s women played a minimal role in life. They had little education; after marriage they were to stay at home and only do housework. They could not vote, be a part of the jury, had little education, and no employment. In 1836, the first women abolitionists appeared: Sarah and Angelina Emily Grimké. Angelina wrote An Appeal to Christian Women of the South. This called upon women to overthrow this horrible system of oppression and cruelty. Very few men supported their movement.
The next movement was the Temperance Movement. This movement was the effort to prohibit the drinking of alcohol. In the 19th century; alcohol was used for everything but very few people saw drunkenness as a problem; yet, those behind the temperance movement did. “They held rallies, produced pamphlets, and brought about a decline in consumption of alcohol that would continue into the 1860s” (Bowes).
Girls had few education opportunities; it was said “if women knew chemistry enough to have ‘the water boil in a pot’ was enough for women” (Bowes). The first women’s school was opened...
Equal Rights Between Men and Women in the United States
Prairie View High School
Many Americans are not aware that men and women are not guaranteed equality of the rights
under the Constitution. However, with the way American society functions today, a guaranteed
equality of rights under the Constitution may not be necessary. The question then comes up of
whether or not an Equal RightsAmendment is really something that we need ratified in our
Constitution. Support of the Equal RightsAmendment can be seen as a waste of time and as
something that is just being made to keep people busy because many people believe that men and
women already live equally. However, it can also be seen as action that must be taken to protect
the advancements that women have made over the years as they have attained more liberty in
society. The following questions are samples of questions that can be asked regarding the topic at
hand. Do men and women have equal rights in the United States according to the Constitution?
How can equal rights between men and women be achieved and guaranteed in today’s society?
What effects would an Equal RightsAmendment have on society? Who would benefit from an ...
...economic rights and Shirley Chisholm took the act to stand up for the unspoken women with her “Equal Rights for Women” speech in the House of Representatives.
Shirley Chisholm was a trademark in the late 1960's and is still known to this day for her bravery and compassion towards gaining rights for women. In the United States Congress, Chisholm was the first black woman elected. The text states, "As much a feminist as an advocate of civilrights, Chisholm claims that being a woman was more of a disadvantage in her political career than being black” (Martin and Sullivan 1). She was a very successful woman involved in many political groups including the Seventeenth Assembly District Democratic Club, New York State Assembly, Congressional Committee, and also ran for the democratic nomination for presidency. One can see this when stated, "Chisholm served fourteen years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was one of the most well-known women in America in her time” (Gifts of Speech 1). Although she was productive in the assembly, she became known to be politically rebellious and fearless by which she was outspoken with her own views and beliefs. This is seen in the text as, "Shirley Chisholm challenged that the conscience of the whole nation needed to be aroused to oppose racism against blacks and sexism against women” ("Chisholm Becomes First" 3). She was an activist determined to support women with their unlived...
...Women’s Rights At The Turn Of The Century
“I am woman, hear me roar,” ("Helen reddy -," ) was definitely not a term known to the American way of life at the turn of the century. Women were nothing more than shadows of their husbands and the housekeeper of the home and children. Fitting for the term “barefoot and pregnant,” as that was the common role of most women. With many battles before them there were courageous women that would not settle, but laid the foundation that paved the way for women to experience a life beyond the shadow of the husband and the walls of the family home. A woman’s place would eventually begin to evolve, but this was a long tedious process that took years of stepping out and declaring their own freedom and rights separate of that of their husbands.
During the turn of the century there were many things a woman could not legally do. They could not vote, hold public office in any state, have access to higher education and were even excluded in the professional workplace. The law had accepted and established a woman’s place was in the home, and her legal identity was that of her husband. Therefore, she could not sue, or be sued, nor could she make a legal contract or own property. She was not permitted to control her own wages or gain custody of her children in the event of a separation or divorce (Womans Rights).
There were many influential women, even in the late...