The Struggle For Women's Rights Essay

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In the following report, you will read about how women have put forward great efforts to obtain a place in this world and how men have suppressed the talents of women. Regardless of how far women have gotten in this world, they continue to struggle to leave behind the stereotypes that men have set for women.

Women’s Rights
Throughout history, women have struggled to have rights in this country. Women have been treated like second-class citizens. The battle for rights has been long and arduous and still continues. We can refer to it as the American women’s movement.
In the early times, women were viewed as a source of bringing new human life into this world. However, they ...view middle of the document...

But women did not easily accept this role assigned to them by men. Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, knowing they would be signing the declaration of independence:
“In the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies, we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice or Representation.”
John Adams responded on April 14, 1776 “We know better than to repeal our masculine systems.” Women were then forced to do exactly what Abigail Adams had foreseen.
The fight for women’s rights was a long fight traced back a couple hundred years. Facts show from a variety of sources published during the 1820 through 1880’s of advice manuals, poetry and literature, sermons, medical texts—shows that Americans had great conventional attitudes about a man’s position in society. Historians would later call this phenomenon “The cult of Domesticity.”
As the struggle for women’s freedom continued, Emma Hart Willard founded the first school for girls, Troy Female Seminary of New York. Later in 1833 Oberlin College became the first co-educational college in the U.S. Sarah Grimke was a speaker and advocate for women’s rights. Her speaking career was eventually silenced by male abolitionist who found her public speaking to be a liability.
In 1837 Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. This was the first four year college for only women. In 1839, Mississippi passed the first Married Woman’s Property Act. As the battle continued, women continued in small but steady strides towards women’s equality. In 1841, the first three degrees were awarded to three women, Lucy Stone, and Antoinette Brown. In 1844 women textile workers Massachusetts organized the Lowell Female Labor Reform Association and demanded a 10 hour workday, the first labor association for working women.
The women’s right was formally set into motion in 1848. The first women’s right convention was in Seneca Falls, New York. In 1840, the world anti-slavery convention was held in London to which some American women attended. Lucrettia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton attended but were not allowed to participate and were forced to sit in the galleries as observers because they were women. Dissatisfied with the way they were treated, the women analyzed the situation and decided that they would hold their own convention to discuss the social, civil and religious rights of women using the declaration of independence as their guideline. Resolution 9 was what was most important to them because it expressed their demand in sexual equality. After the first Seneca Falls meeting, regular meetings continued....

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