Throughout history people have had their equal rights taken away; such as during the Holocaust when the Jews, mentally and physically disabled, gypsies, black people and children of mixed marriages, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, social misfits, and members of the political and religious opposition were taken to concentration camps. They had all their rights ripped away such as the right to religion, freedom of choice, and basic rights, like eating any type of food.
People have been discriminated against due to their religion for many centuries. Just like the Jews during WWII that were put into concentration camps and killed because of their religion. Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor and tells his story to the world in the book “Night”. Everyone has the right to religion, no matter what religion they are. With our freedom of religion we can choose to be a Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, etc. Some people have changed religions because they have the right to do so or because their spouse is a different religion.
Freedom of choice, we all have the right to choose what we want to be, who we want to marry, what career we want and were we want to go to school. Our career choice can be anything from police officers to attorneys; we can even choose to be a nurse. The career we choose can also help us choose the school we wish to go to. To be a nurse we would choose a nursing school, an attorney would choose a 4 year type of college, and a police officer could choose a type of academy.
People also have basic rights, such as eating what they choose. Some people want to be vegetarians, some will only eat white meat, and some choose to eat white and red meat. Some people will even hunt for their food to eat. Some will hunt deer, rabbit, or even birds so they can eat, it’s what they choose.
Throughout the book “Night” Elie Wiesel tells us his story about how people have had their rights taken away. Everyone including those...
...The EqualRights Amendment
"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 EqualRights
Amendment (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 equalrights amendment 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 equalrights
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 equalrights regardless of legislatures' indecisions.
The NWP had 400 women lobbying for equality.
Despite strong opposition by some women and men, the NWP...
...The EqualRights Amendment 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 EqualRights Amendment (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 EqualRights Amendment 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 EqualRights Amendment 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 equalrights throughout the United States and in every place subject to its jurisdiction. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” This...
Women Should Have EqualRights As Men
Women have equalrights to Men? Men and women should have equalrights in the areas of speech, education, respect and the right to vote. They should be given their...
Men And Women Should BeEqual
significant factor that shows why men and women have to be equal. For example when men wake up every morning and go to their jobs, while women stay at home to clean...
The EqualRights Amendment
the United States were granted the right to vote. The amendment read Men and Women shall have equalrights throughout the United States and in every place subject...
introduced the "Lucretia Mott Amendment," which read: "Men and women shall have equalrights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction...
War II in an attempt to gain equality between men and women. Often times, women were viewed as weaker and inferior to the male sex. Womens rights groups were formed...
Women Should Have...
EqualRights 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 EqualRights Amendment is really something that we need ratified in our
Constitution. Support of the EqualRights Amendment 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 equalrights in the United States according to the Constitution?
How can equalrights between men and women be achieved and guaranteed in today’s society?
What effects would an EqualRights Amendment have on society? Who would benefit from an ...
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...
...manners, they did it through writing. "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" by Mary Wollstonecraft, "Taking Women Students Seriously" by Adrienne Rich, and "The His'er Problem" by Anne Fadiman are mere few of many essays which raised the issue of women's rights in society at large. They prodded, examined, and countered these issues with logical and sometimes persuasive arguments. On the other hand, in some other essays, the essayists used a tone of such anger that clearly conveys their disgust to the way women are treated in society. The main goal, however, was the same: to prove that equality had yet to exist between men and women, and to work on achieving it.
In response to an essay published in 1970 concerning rights of men, Mary Wollstonecraft wrote "Vindication of the Rights of Women." It covered the general issues of how women were being seen and treated in the society of her era. "Taking Women Students Seriously" (1979) by Adrienne Rich, on the other hand, focused more on the educational rights of women, how they were being treated in class, how they weren't taken seriously in the manner of thoughts and expressions, and finally, how they needed to take themselves seriously in order to gain the respect they deserved. Finally, "The His'er Problem" (1998) by Anne Fadiman focused on specifically the domination of masculine aspects in the English language...
...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....
...economic rights and Shirley Chisholm took the act to stand up for the unspoken women with her “EqualRights 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 civil rights, 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...