Essay On Women's Rights In The 1700s

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Since the 1700s to today women have been fighting for their freedom. Some things involve the right to vote, the right to have an abortion, equal pay as men, and being able to join the armed forces, women in history have never truly been treated equal to men. Though today women have taken governmental offices, senate seats, seats in the house, congress, and even one has run for president, to quote the famous Bob Dylan song, “The Times They are a Changing.” Women, since early times in history, were considered to be inferior to men, but that is not the case now. It has taken a long time but women are finally getting the rights they deserve, but the history behind it all is so unbelievable.
The 1700’s were mostly known for the American Revolution,
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Women were expected to restrict their sphere of interest to the home and the family, and they were not encouraged to obtain a real education or pursue a professional career. After marriage, women did not have the right to own their own property, keep their own wages, or sign a contract. In addition, all women were denied the right to vote. By the mid 1800s, women were branching out from their family homes and starting different associations, such as charities and women's refuges. Since they would be the caretakers of America's future statesmen and the like, many people thought it was a good idea to give women proper educations: and, thus, women began to start teaching and even managing some institutions. This started the turn around for women’s rights. ¨ After thinking about the sweep of history and viewing the present world with anxious care, I find my spirits depressed by the most melancholy emotions of sorrowful indignation.¨ (Wollstonecraft- line 1-2). The quote shows that women are upset that they do not have the same rights as men and it is starting to depress them because for all these years they have no expectations in life because they are just women. Everything was hard for women till the 1900s the 1900s is when everything starts to turn