Women's Rights Organizations
August 4th, 2013
Women's Rights Organizations
For many years, throughout history women have fought hard political battles to win rights that men possessed automatically because of their gender. Since the early times women have been viewed as inferior and have had fewer opportunities. Today most women have gained legal rights throughout the world like the right to vote. American Women have made many strides in gaining rights and equality; however we still face some concern for women’s equality especially in the workforce. The Women’s Rights Organizations in the United States covers many years. The first gathering devoted to women’s rights in the United States was in 1848, when the first Women’s Rights Convention took place in upstate New York. In 1903 the National Women’s Trade Union League is established, improving working conditions and wages for women. The Women's Trade Union League, was an institution in reforming women's working conditions in the early 20th century. A lot of the major suffrage organizations were brought together with the goal of an amendment. In 1917, New York took on woman suffrage, when President Wilson changed his opinion on supporting an amendment in 1918, the politically things began to change. There is a Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which stipulates that no one should be discriminated against based off or race, color, origin, religion, or sex. Women were able to work in environments with men that were less compromising for them and more rewarding. In, 1920 suffrage for women was granted, and it appeared that women would finally be equal to man. Today, women are able to have prestigious titles as executive officers, become Governors, and so on. Progress has finally been made in the last 50 years towards equality for women in American to hold positions that years ago would not have been remotely possible for women to obtain. This has...
August 12, 2013
The American Women'sRights Movement in 1848 paved the way for the declaration that revolutionized women's lives. Women demanded equality in all areas of civil, political, economic, and private life. Beginning in the 1960s women felt the need to reform the traditional bias in order to exercise the rights for women in favor of men. Today, America is living the legacy of the great progress women have made in all areas addressed while their earnest quest for full and true equality continues.
Women were thought to be the subservient gender. The ideal woman was silent and submissive; her job was to be docile and obedient; a loving wife who was completely subservient to the men around her. They had to obey their father after they were born, and their husband after they married. The day of most American women consisted of maintaining the house, preparing meals, taking care of the children, helping them with their homework, being the ideal wife, doing the dishes and the laundry all while remaining elegant. Women had very few rights in early twentieth century. Less than a decade later, women began to take a stance on their independence and equal rights.
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The beginning of the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States, which predates Jeannette Rankin’s entry into Congress by nearly 70 years, grew out of a larger women’srights movement. That reform effort evolved during the 19th century, initially emphasizing a broad spectrum of goals before focusing solely on securing the franchise for women. Women’s suffrage leaders, moreover, often disagreed about the tactics for and the emphasis (federal versus state) of their reform efforts. Ultimately, the suffrage movement provided political training for some of the early women pioneers in Congress, but its internal divisions foreshadowed the persistent disagreements among women in Congress and among women’srights activists after the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Image courtesy of the Library of CongressAlice Paul (second from left), chairwoman of the militant National Woman’s Party, and officers of the group in front of their Washington headquarters, circa 1920s. They are holding a banner emblazoned with a quote from suffragist Susan B. Anthony: "No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex."
The first gathering devoted to women’s...
...A Women’sRights to Equality in Canada
Every woman has the right to moral, legal and political choice. As we look to the past, women fought for the right to be treated the same as men and fundamentally to have the same rights as men. Prior to the turn of the century, women had little to no rights. World War I and II gave way to change, allowing women to work and eventually allowing them to vote. The feminist movement has made drastic progress since the war. Today women are seen as equal and have the right not only to vote, but to be educated. In 1977 the Canadian Human Rights Act ensured that women could no longer be discriminated based on their sex, race, religion or sexuality. The act specified that there must be “equal pay for work of equal value”. It is important to educate the youth on the historical struggles that women have faced. The women’srights movement improved the lives of women in Canada and although women have made significant progress, there are still gender inequality issues that must be acknowledged and addressed.
During the 1800’s a woman would be considered the property of her fathers and eventually her husbands. A woman did not have property rights except for land that she might inherit. It was expected that once she married, all ownership of land and money would go to her husband....
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The prominent figures and notable events of women'srights movements in America and beyond
Women'srights movements are primarily concerned with making the political, social, and economic status of women equal to that of men and with establishing legislative safeguards against discrimination on the basis of sex. Women'srights movements have worked in support of these aims for at least two centuries, from the first feminist publication in 1792, entitled A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, by Mary Wollstonecraft in Britain.
Militant political action among women began in Britain in 1903 with the formation of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) for the right to vote, under the leadership of Emmeline Pankhurst. Women of all ages and classes demonstrated on a massive scale; the demonstrators were jailed, locked out of their meeting places, and thrown down the steps of Parliament. National divisiveness ended in a truce at the outbreak of World War I (1914) with the WSPU's decision to support the war effort. The ensuing mobilization by WSPU of thousands of its members for voluntary participation in the war industries and support services was a highly influential factor in overcoming government resistance to WSPU aims. The right to vote was granted in 1918; it...
...evolution of women’srights since the late 1800’s to the present. Before the Civil War, women had fought for rights dealing in equality. Women continued to strive for change in their family, social and sexual roles, and struggled for participation and representation in the workforce and in politics.
Women continued gaining strength and support in the 1940s when they were given the right to serve in the military. A benefit of this was their significant increase in the labor force. The focus on women’srights became even more important in the 1960s with the formation of the feminist movement. Women continued to fight hard for social equality and equal pay. Today women have achieved legal and economic progress, but they still face many challenges dealing with unequal pay, the demand of supporting a family, maintaining a career, etc.
The Declaration of Independence claimed that all men were created equal, but made no mention of women’srights, or of their equality. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony found this to be unacceptable and created the “Womanifesto,” modeled after the Declaration of Independence (Roberts, 2005).
The most important resolution contained in the document was the demand for equal voting rights for women. Some participants at the convention found this concept to be shocking. Stanton believed...
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Status of women throughout United States history
For years throughout U.S. history women were not afforded the same rights that men were. Throughout history women were thought of being intellectually inferior to men and a source of evil and temptation (Women's International Center, 1994). In early America women were not allowed to vote or work outside of their home and were ridiculed when they did. It was the culture of early America that women were to remain behind the men being in a supportive role but not to voice their opinions. Through much suffrage, it was not until 1848 that the women’s movement came to its beginnings. Focusing on the social, civil, and religious condition and rights women at the Seneca Falls Convention in New York began to express their rights and wants. Headed by Elizabeth C. Stanton and Lucretia Mott, it marked a new era for women in the United States. While the right for equality continued and the creation of the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) by Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, it brought opposition of the 14th and 15th Amendments (extending citizenship rights and granting voting rights to freedmen) due to its exclusion of women (U.S. Office of Art & Archives, n.d.). By the 1920’s the struggle for equality was answered and the status of women...
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National Women’s Party
The 1920’s was an era of cultural conflict. There were several attacks on people’s civil rights and it seems to have betrayed the very values that the United States sought to have. However, when the National Women’s Party was created, there were definitely some changes for women mostly and this organization helped influence women fight for theirrights and has become a successful organization. The organization was formed particularly for the right to vote just like the men can and was founded in 1916 to fight for women’srights during the 20th century.
As stated above, the Women’s National Party was created to fight for women’srights but mainly to allow women the privilege to vote on terms with men. The organization was founded by Alice Paul and Lacy Burns, the organization was originally called The Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage but was later changed to the National Women’s Party by 1917. Most of the members were young, white women from the middle and upper classes. After a while, the 19th Amendment was passed and that gave women the right to vote. With the 19th Amendment passed, they had reached their first goal. With one of their...
...advocates like Susan b Anthony and Mary McLeod Bethune the fight became easier. The role of women in our society has been an ever-changing one, from mother to doctor and lawyer and everywhere in between. Dating as early as the 1800s, you’ll be able to follow the evolution of the activism as women’s roles were being challenged and constantly questioned. There were many obstacles women had to overcome, stemming from the way they dressed, their work status and even theirright to vote.
In 1898, the women Suffrage Movement began. The leaders; Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton amongst several other women’srights pioneers worked hard to get congress to acknowledge the importance of passing a Constitutional Amendment for women. Several petitions were circulated without success. The women suffrage movement enfranchise other women in different states, so that they were able to lobby President Wilson and his congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment. In 1910 the memberships of the NAWSA grew in the millions, that’s to show how bad women needed the change of felling like they voice mattered. The 19th Amendment was born in the 1920, due to the fight and hard work the NAWSA and the National Women’s Party did together which made the victory the most significant achievement made by the women in the Progressive Era.
The Progressive Era of the 1920’s women achieved many important reforms. African...