As the time past, and more women are educated, they started to think about the
equal rights. Women’s status are always lower than men’s status. They did not want to be in this kind of situation any more. Therefore the feminist movement started in the 19th century. The movement began in Europe and America. This is a major turning point in women history, because at this time the idea of liberty and equality just germinated. At this time, women ﬁnally challenged the idea that they must always please men. And because of this idea, men always think they are better than women. At the time, women even became the property of men. Men can even abuse women if they wanted to. Of course, it was impossible for women to have any rights. At that time, women always suffered from all those stresses. The situation do not only occurred in the family, but also in the entire society. For example if a woman has the same ability as a man, she would get less payment than a man and for no reason. Sometimes if a man and a woman goes to an interview at the same time, the employ will consider the man ﬁrst. This is a kind of discrimination against women. That is unfair to the women. In families women always give up their career for husbands and kids and they would take care of them. But men do not sacriﬁce anything. Without income, some women were looked down by their husbands. Without economic support, women are very frail. Therefore women need to be protected by men. However, men mostly control the society: therefore, it is unfavorable for women to compete with men in this kind of situation. Finally the succeed of the feminist movement established the bright further of women. As a mature and prosperous society women should have exactly same rights as men.!
In the present society, citizens have many rights. Such as the right to vote,
suffrage right, property right, guardianship, citizenship and so on. These rights ensure our lives’ quality. As citizens own these rights they can have many beneﬁts from those rights. They can be protected by the law and the country. But long time ago women did not have any right. Generally women are much weaker than men no matter from mental or physical. Under the men’s control if they did not get any protection they will be so vulnerable. They did not have any power to revolt. In old China women had no rights, and people believed men are better than women. Therefore they rather have boy than girl. Sometimes if they had a girl they just kill her or throw her away. At that time, they had to suffer from foot-binding in order to marry a good man. Old China allow one husband have more than one wife, and they treat their wives like slaves. Those things reﬂected the women’s situation at that time. They can not even chose what kind of life they were going to live. Because men chose them and those women’s future were in men’s hands. As females, we are so lucky that we are born in this time.! !
In the past women even did not have citizenship. They were belongings to their
husbands juts like items. Some of the women were forced to stay at home for their whole life. They can not go outside. Husbands could asked their wives to do work, but instead husbands would get payment. Women were treated like animals without any humanity. Because they do not consider female as a person. That was so horrible. There is a doggerel in Chinese, the basic meaning is " A husband’s wife is his donkey, you can beat her and ride on her." Not only husband can do this to his wife. If the wife give birth to a girl, the husband’s parents would not be happy and they can get rid of her if they want to. Women do not have any status in ancient China at all. Of course they
would not be considered as a citizen, even a part of the society. To be a citizen the most basic rights are the right to vote, the right to be elected and the right of personal liberty. But at that time they were just like slaves. To have...
The following is an article that seeks to give a historical account of events that have shaped women’s activism in the world. It gives a brief overview of the international women’smovement and names women activists who have shaped history in the fight of women’srights. Also it draws comparison of the effects of women’s activism in today’s world as compared to the years before the start of liberation of women in our society.
Keywords: Activism, Feminism, Movement
‘Women’smovement’ is a term that puts into perspective the fight for women’srights in both social and political aspects. It is a movement aimed at fighting for women’s empowerment as mothers in social and political arenas. Also it seeks to fight for gender equality between women and men in our society (Antrobus, 2004, p.10). The following excerpt seeks to establish the roots of the feminist movement in America. It draws the objectives of the movement and names historical events that are of significance in the fight of women’s liberation. 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....
In the aftermath of World War II, the lives of the women have changed dramatically. Women spoke their minds out and wanted to be heard. World War II brought them a new outlook on how they should live their lives. It encouraged women organize social movements such as boycotts and public marches pushing for their human rights and protect them against discrimination. Alongside, they formed their own organization representing them against the federal government like the NOW or National Organization for Women. Through the years, women have been struggling to fight for equal rights and unfortunately still exist even at the present in some areas. Yes, women's status was not like what they used to back then, where their roles where to stay home do household chores and take care of the children. Now, women have grown to be a new person. They have accomplished their goals and work wherever they want these days. But despite of their success in the feminist movements, it was all due to their personal struggle and hard work. The feminist movement has changed women's status in the history of our society socially, politically, and economically. The changes made, influenced the society in positive and negative outcomes.
Traditionally, women are stereotyped as being committed to only on doing household works but in our society today, they play significant...
...The Feminist Movement
Feminism can be defined as the promotion of women'srights in the areas of political, cultural opportunities, social, and economic standing as men’s equals.
The feminist movement was a social movement that was aimed gaining equal rights for women in society. The feminist movement is categorized in waves. The first wave was during the 19th and early 20th centuries focused on women's legal rights, such as the right to vote, education, employment and marriage laws.
During the whole of the nineteenth century, women had no political rights though there had been some movement in other areas to advance the rights of women. In 1839, a law was passed which stated that if a marriage broke down and the parents separated, children under seven years of age should stay with their mother. In 1857, women could divorce husbands who were cruel to them or husbands who had left them. In 1870, women were allowed to keep money they had earned. In 1891, women could not be forced to live with husbands unless they wished to.
Second wave of feminism occurred during the 1960’s where women wanted to liberate themselves from the orthodox roles of mothers and housewives. This wave of feminism dealt with a wider range of issues as opposed to the first wave. This wave mainly dealt with...
...The idea for an equal rights amendment did not come about until the middle part of the twentieth century. An amendment was proposed after World 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. Women’srights groups were formed to prevent people from discriminating against women. These groups not only believed that women should be better treated by men, but they believed women should have the same legal opportunities. Also, they believed that gender should not determine a person’s occupation or pay. The Equal Rights Amendment started out as a proposed amendment. This amendment was introduced to congress in 1923 (Suffrage). It was not until about fifty years later, however, that the amendment was approved by the Senate. Following the Senate’s approval, the amendment was sent to the states to be ratified. The amendment ultimately read that sex should not determine the legal rights of both men and women (Women’s Health). As the focus of the women’smovement changed, the way the amendment was worded changed. These changes, however, did not lay out a specific strategy of how the proposed amendment’s ratification would be promoted. As a result, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment was not ratified.
Before entering World War II, several companies in the United States were...
...Chapter I : Women’s History of America …………………………. 1
Chapter II : In Modern Women’sMovement ……………………… 4
Chapter III : Women In Reform Movement ………………………… 6
Chapter IV : Fighting The Vote ……………………………………… 8
Chapter V : Women’s Liberation Through Islam …………………. 9
WOMEN’S HISTORY IN AMERICA
Throughout most of history women generally have had fewer legal rights and career opportunities than men. They have made great strides in achieving political equality.
Women were long considered naturally weaker than men, squeamish, and unable to perform work requiring muscular or intellectual development. In most preindustrial societies, for example, domestic chores were relegated to women, leaving "heavier" labor such as hunting and plowing to men. But physiological tests now suggest that women have a greater tolerance for pain, and statistics reveal that women live longer and are more resistant to many diseases.
The phrase “Women’s Liberation” was first used in the united states in 1964 and first appeared in print in 1966. By 1968, although the term Women’s Liberation Front Appeared in the magazine Ramparts, it was starting the whole women’smovement.
Gloria Jane Watkins, an African American woman who one of the most vocal critics of the women’s liberation...
Saint Catherine University
Throughout much of history, women have struggled with the limited roles society imposed on them. Since the beginning of time, women had been working to advance their place in society. The belief that women were intellectually inferior, physically weaker, and overemotional has reinforced stereotypes throughout history. From the Stone Age through the twentieth century, individuals and organized groups had felt that women were treated unequally, and they vowed to do something about it. In the 1960s, women challenged their roles as "the happy little homemakers." Their story is the story of the Women's Liberation Movement.
The struggle for women'srights did not begin in the 1960s. What has come to be called "Women's Liberation" was, in fact, the second wave of a civil rightsmovement that began in the early 19th century (Goodwin & Jasper, p. 148). This first wave revolved around gaining suffrage for women. Earlier women'smovements to improve the lives of prostitutes, increase wages and employment opportunities for working women, ban alcohol, and abolish slavery inspired and led directly to the organized campaign for women's suffrage.
The movement towards women's suffrage began in 1840 when Lucretia...
...Brief History of Women'sRightsMovements
The prominent figures and notable events of women'srightsmovements in America and beyond
Women'srightsmovements 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'srightsmovements 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....