Women had to fight through difficult times to get through discrimination in the 19th century. In the past, women did not have the rights and freedoms as most men and were treated harshly. Women had almost no rights at all. They were not allowed to vote, they could not hold a place in public offices, were not equal or have the same opportunities as men. As a result, women were often seen as homemakers, nothing else. Women were looked down upon, if they expressed their voices or sot after equality or opportunities that often men would. Women were inferior to men in many different ways. Women did not have any property rights and once she was married, she was no longer allowed to own any land or property. A man could sell his house and take all the money for himself, and leave his wife and child behind with nothing. During this time, women were often seen as nonexistent people, they were not recognized as people. Nor where they recognized by the government equally.
The women’s rights movement helped them throughout the country by passing laws that would entitle women to particular rights. Women were observed to be unable to function at the same level as men, however; with the rise of the civil rights movement, this finally made women equal to men.
The first Women's Rights Convention was held on July nineteenth 1848. The convention was assembled a two day of discussion, the Declaration of Sentiments and twelve resolutions. The discussion considered that every woman should have the ability to express their freedoms and rights, deserve equal treatment within their society and region, and every country needs to reinforce the rules for women. There is no dignity and respect for women universally. Gender equality is still out of reach for many women worldwide. Presently, women have gained legal rights throughout the world. The women’s rights movement changed society into what we know today. This continues unfold in todays’ society. 1864, the Women’s Suffrage Organization began. This was started to make a statement on behalf of the disagreements over the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments and the influence it had on women’s rights. This was a cause for a movement for racial equality and the divide of women’s rights. Because of the push it led to the 1872 federal law that granted female employees equal pay for equal work enacted. Eventually this was adopted the (1963) Equal Pay Act and this would be something women would continue to fight for. Due to the hard work of women and their efforts, in 1903 the Women’s Trade Union League was established to help the working woman. This group advocated to improve wages and working conditions for all women. In late 1963, the federal government mandates the Equal Pay Act, after it had been proposed 20 years prior.
The early 20th century was a time of great political activity for women. Many women initiated reform movements to address problems associated with urbanization, industrialization, and mass immigration. Women joined reform clubs and lived in settlement houses, such as the Hull House, founded by Jane Addams, in Chicago.
In 1919, Susan B. Anthony, introduced and was so passed, the federal women’s suffrage amendment. The women’s suffrage amendment was to end inequality on women and allow them to vote. Many women sought to pass reform legislation and over time, they realized that women would be better able to lobby politicians to pass reform legislation if women exercised the right to vote. These led to the 1920’s, the “Roaring Twenties” spread gender equality. Women began