Women's Rights Throughout the World from 1950 to Today
Women's rights can be defined as a woman's entitlement to live as an equal human being (Barry). The manipulation of the rights women can have can be seen around the world in 1950 and even today in pre-industrialized societies. In pre-industrialized cultures the standard of living is lower for the entire country. Naturally, the patriarchal society would try to repress women's rights even further than that of an industrialized country. "Industrialization accelerates the availability of education and the international human rights' declarations recognize that everyone has the right to education for the full development of the human personality" (Barry).
In the world today, literacy continues to be a significant indicator of women's subordinate status. With literacy comes opportunities for jobs, higher education, and independence. "According to the United Nation's development program's Human Development Report, 1991' one half of rural women (ages 15+) in developing countries are illiterate" (Barry). In many pre-industrialized countries, marital feudalism is evident because of the traditional lifestyles of its natives. Marital feudalism involves women becoming the legal property of their husbands. In pre-industrial societies as well as in the United States before the Woman's Rights Movement, women's right were very limited. Women could not own or inherit property, sign contracts, sue or be sued, divorce, or gain child custody (Barry). Most women were denied admission to colleges and many rewarding occupations. Women could find work as teachers, seamstresses, factory workers, and domestic servants. The modest wages women received belonged to their husbands or their fathers if they still lived at home (DuPont).
During warfare, women's rights are further suppressed. In 1930 Germany, women were considered unfit for anything but bearing "aran children" or children that would grow up to be soldiers. Women and...
...“Women’s Rights Throughout The Ages"
The Feminist Movement of America has been around now for over a century. The Movement has helped women all over the United States gain freedom and the rights of a man. The Women’s Liberation Movement was very important because it has altered this country in many ways, including, the formation of NAWSA, Susan B. Anthony fighting for her rights, and Roe V. Wade was enacted.
Twowomen, named Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott, were actually the first women to begin what is known as today as the Women’s Rights Movements. Most people think Susan B. Anthony started the movement, but this is indeed a myth. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born on November 12th, in Jamestown, New York (Johnson Lewis, “Elizabeth Cady Stanton”). Stanton helped write The Declaration of Sentiments along with Lucretia Mott in the year 1848. Lucretia Mott, who served as a minister in 1818 (Johnson Lewis, “Lucretia Mott”), not only helped write The Declaration of Sentiments but also helped organize many women’s abolitionist societies in the 1840’s. In 1848, both Stanton and Mott held a convention centered on women’s rights, located in Seneca Falls, New York. While at the convention, The Declaration of Sentiments was signed by 68 women and 32 men. As quoted in The Declaration of Sentiments, there is a line that reads, “We...
Women’s RightsWomen have suffered throughout history. Angelina Grimke, Sarah Grimke, Catherine Beecher and Margaret Fuller wrote letters to express the importance of women’s rights. Often comparing women’s rights to slavery, each letter stressed the importance of equal rights for all. I never knew women were oppressed that badly. The letters these women wrote were based on moralrights, observation of injustice, and suppression in society. Each letter written expanded my knowledge on women’s rights. Although each wrote letters, the effectiveness of the writer’s point of view made some essays more effective at proving their point than others. Throughout this paper I will summarize, compare and contrast, and analyze each letter written to determine which paper effectively persuaded their reader.
Angelina Grimke wrote “Human Rights Not Founded on Sex, Letter to Catharine Beecher” in 1837 to express the need for recognition for women’s rights. Grimke’s essay talks about human rights, which she relates to slavery. She related women’s rights and slavery by their moral rights, or moral nature she also described it, and how all men have moral nature so therefore all men have rights, “When I look at human beings as moral beings, all distinction in sex sinks to...
...Women Attaining the Right to Vote
Throughout history, women were degraded on society’s hierarchy. Beginning in 1893, women began fighting for their rights in society (“Start of the Suffragette”). New Zealand was the first country that granted women the vote. They believed that women had the potential to be a part of society. However, men in England did not believe in that ideology. The idea of women having the rights to vote, was unnatural, disturbing, and out of the ordinary (Hicks 12, 13) In 1873, A MP, or a Member of Parliament stated that, "All our history has been made by men and not by women; and our great empire, as it has been made, so it must be preserved...by the action of men"(Hicks 12, 13). In the mid-nineteenth century, organizations were formed by groups of people, mostly women, who wanted the vote for women (“Woman Suffrage”). The Suffragist movement began with multiple women who all had the same goal; achieving equal voting rights as men. The two prominent groups were known as the suffragist and the suffragettes (“Start of the Suffragette”). The suffragist were known for their peaceful protesting, and constantly arranging rallies to advance the women’s suffrage movement (“History Women's Suffrage Movement”). The suffragettes were the opposite of this group...
...what that little girl is unaware of, is that if she had lived a little over 150 years ago, her future dreams would be quite different. Women living a life of religious freedom, having a voice in government, and attending schools is normal in our everyday lives as we reach the new millennium
. However, women did not always have an equal say or chance in life. In our American History, women have demonstrated and worked for reform of women'srights. Through seven generations, it took many meetings, petition drives, lobbying, public speaking, and nonviolent resistance to make our world the way it is now.
The Women's Rights Movement begins its task on July 13th, 1848, where a lady named Elizabeth Cady Stanton decided enough was enough, and she started the fight for her rights as well asall women's rights. Within the next week of her decision she held a convention in Seneca Falls called, "A convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman". Stanton created a list to present called "Declaration of Sentiments" which stated areas in life where women were treated unjustly. (*1) After the second day of the convention, every resolution on her declaration was passed except the one that called for women the right to vote. As time passed, however, many conventions were held all...
...America Era (1600-1750)
1. Legal Status:
a. Women had limited legal rights. They couldn’t vote, be jurors, or hold political offices.
b. If single or widowed, women could not own property. As soon as they were married any property they would have received would become their husbands.
c. If a woman was an indentured servant, they could not be married until their time of service had passed.
2. The Chesapeake Area:
a. Women in the Chesapeake Bay were treated kinder then in other regions. They were respected more and were placed at a higher level than other colonial women.
3. Anne Hutchinson:
a. Challenged the Puritan authorities in the Massachusetts Bay area over the roles of Women in society. She claimed to be a messenger from God saying that women should be treated as equal as men.
Early Republic Era (1750-1815)
1. Republican Motherhood:
a. The Cult of Domesticity was the idealization of the roles of women as wives and mothers.
b. Women were in charge and expected to raise their children to love and respect the new government. Religious and family values were emphasized most by the mothers to ensure a positive political citizen.
c. Home was considered a refuge in this era instead of a work place for women.
2. Abigail Adams
a. President John Adams wife. Very pro women.
b. Wrote a famous letter to her...
Modern World Civilization
After reading about world history from 1450 to present day this semester, I have come to realize that this chunk of history was a time when women went from having very little power, to slowly rising up in society. Of course this change did not just happen overnight, but over the process of almost six hundred years. Regions by the late seventeen hundreds had been introduced to the idea of equality for women, becoming a trending topic rapidly. I feel the reason women began earning rights during this time period is because of religion and the effects of war.
For the longest time throughout the world, women were just seen as secondary to men, being married off for economic benefits. In Europe there was a strict patriarchal power, education was only limited to men, but women could inherit land. In Islam, women would receive half the inheritance of a male, women’s testimonies had less influence then a male testimony, but women were exposed to education. India was a very strict society when it came to the female gender because it was also a patriarchal society, they practiced sati (widow burning), early marriage of children, both male and female, and...
...Abolition, Women’s Rights and Democracy
The second Great Awakening in the early eighteen hundreds was a widespread religious revival that greatly impacted society. Its influences that appealed to emotions rather than doctrine were greatly supported by reformers who sought to improve themselves as well as society’s ills. Of these reformers some movements began to form including movements for abolition and women’s rights. For example, a famous minister, Charles Grandison Finney of the Second Great Awakening spoke out about slavery, condemning it in his sermons. In the early 19th century, reform movements for abolition and women’s rights were able to be public which illustrated the strengths of American Democracy, but the lack of voting rights and representation of the groups exemplified the weaknesses of American Democracy.
Abolitionists were a tiny minority compared to the rest of the population, even in the Northern states. Free blacks such as Fredrick Douglas and Sojourner Truth played a key role in the Abolition movement, as they were able to speak out about it in the north. They wanted to eliminate slavery to rid large plantation life and slave codes which gave black slaves few rights if any, and often forbade them from gaining any education. Some slaves sought for freedom by rebelling against their owners by running away and resisting. Some abolitionists were anti-slavery but were...
Philosophy 125 World Religions
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Assignment #2 Reflection
Recently, we have seen turmoil in every corner of the world, in every way imaginable. From the outbreak of civil unrest throughout the Middle East, to floods and earthquakes decimating Taiwan and Southern China, we can witness all these events as access to information is made available like never before in the history of man. All our advancements into areas such as medicine, agriculture, industry, still leave us asking what is still wrong with the world. A movie by Mr. Shadyac explored what is wrong with the world but ended up discovering what is right. The questions surrounding the state of humanity that have been posed recently are not just by Mr. Shadyac. Countless philosophers and thinkers of our time have explored our age of anxiety and many have shared their insight. The movie, “I Am”, is a great piece of curiosity that is presented in simple terms so every individual can easily grasp the message. “I Am” is provoking by showing us how we have come to be, why we have come to be where we are, and lends us insight into what can happen and what we should consider as we move forward. Many religions deal with these questions of significance and security of the future. Mr. Shadyac decided to seek out his own answers to these questions and not continue to follow what we have been told by...