WOMEN RIGHTS FROM 1800 TO PRESENT
Women Rights from 1800 to Present
Women’s Rights are rights that establish the same social, economic, and political status for women as for men. Women’s rights guarantee that women will not face discrimination on the basis of their sex. Until the second half of the 20th century, women in most societies were denied some of the legal and political rights accorded to men. Although women in much of the world have gained significant legal rights, many people believe that women still do not have complete political, economic, and social equality with men.
Women do two-thirds of the world’s work, receive ten percent of the world’s income and own one percent of the means production. Are women and men created equal? Many women’s are not created equal. For many years, women have been unable to participate and have often been discriminated against in many situations and circumstances.
Throughout history, many American has fought for their freedom in their country such as women’s, they struggle to be treated and looked upon by the government as equals. Society has stereo-typed women, making it almost impossible for women to achieve her goals and desires in life. (Julie Stone Peters, Andrea Wolper, 1994)
In this world women have always been treated second best by biased men. Women’s have always been treated like they are never good enough for careers outside of the home. The sex of a person shouldn’t determine what type of duties or what kind of job a person will have. It should be up to the person’s own will not the decisions of society. In the mid-1800’s, women’s didn’t have any rights until the early 1900’s.
Throughout much of the history of Western civilization, deep-seated cultural beliefs allowed women only limited roles in society. Many people believed that women’s natural roles were as mothers and wives. These people considered women to be better suited for childbearing and homemaking rather than for involvement in the public life of business or politics. Widespread belief that women were intellectually inferior to men led most societies to limit women’s education to learning domestic skills. Well-educated, upper-class men controlled most positions of employment and power in society. (Julie Stone Peters, Andrea Wolper, 1994)
Women’s had it difficult in the mid-1800. There were a difference in treatments of men and women. For example, Women’s were not allowed to vote, women had to submit laws when they had no voice in their formation, married women had no property rights, they were not allowed to enter professions such as medicine or law, women had no means to gain an education since no school would accept women students, they were not allowed to participate in the affairs of the church, they were robbed of their self-confidence and self-respect, and they were made totally dependent on men. Women were under control of a man throughout their entire life. A man virtually owned his wife. (Vicki L. Crawford, et.al, 1993)
In 1800s, Young girls could only dream of continuing their schooling and obtaining a higher education. Men, who had control over women, didn’t believe women were intelligent enough. God forbid they hurt themselves through straining their brains! In men's minds, a woman should have stayed at home taking care of her husband’s house and children while he was away on business. Women were also expected to educate the male children before they were old enough to go to school and acquire more knowledge then their mother. Girls looked upon their brothers who would leave home to explore the world and start new lives with jealousy. Girls only had the option to dwell at home and learn the responsibilities of being a good wife and very much a slave to her future husband.
Many of the women’s job included raising children, prepare food, make clothing, and take care of things around the house. Their days were really full and often very tiring. There life was very rough; they basically had no rights at this time in history.
Until the 19th century, the denial of equal rights to women met with only occasional protest and drew little attention from most people. Because most women lacked the educational and economic resources that would enable them to challenge the prevailing social order, women generally accepted their inferior status as their only option. At this time, women shared these disadvantages with the majority of working class men, as many social, economic, and political rights were restricted to the wealthy elite.
In the late 1900’s, however, women in most nations won the right to vote and increased their educational and job opportunities. The women suffrage movement was coming out full force to demand the equal rights of women in the United States. (Bert B. Lockwood, 2006)
They simply stated that all men and women are created equal. The women suffrage movement not only was striving for equal rights of women, but also for voting privileges. (Vicki L. Crawford, et.al, 1993)
Organized efforts by women to achieve greater rights occurred in two major waves than the 18th century. The first wave began around the mid-19th century, when women in the United States and elsewhere campaigned to gain suffrage—that is, the right to vote.
This wave lasted until the 1920s, when several countries granted women suffrage. The second wave gained momentum during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, when the struggle by African Americans to achieve racial equality inspired women to renew their own struggle for equality. (Vicki L. Crawford, et.al, 1993)
Mary Wollstonecraft emphasized that a well-schooled, dependable, and powerful women would be useful in society and able to manage a family. Finally, in 1920 women were allowed to vote in the United States. Women’s have came along way to fight for there rights. Women can now hold their heads up high and be proud of who and what they are.
Women’s rights in America progress has been made in recent decades toward securing equal rights for women, but women and girls continue to face unfair practices. Although men still make a larger salary than most women do and they become higher executives, women are now allowed to vote and have as good an education as a male. With this education women are becoming physicians and political figures in today’s society. (Bert B. Lockwood, 2006)
Even after developing laws and regulations, that sanction women’s rights, something even larger continues to oppress women, keeping them from true liberation. After the women’s right movement, it had effected on women’s voting rights, equal pay in jobs, no job discrimination, and other privileges that would put them on the same level as men in today’s Society. Women’s are now free!
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