Women's Rights In The 19th And 20th Century Essay

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In many ways historians believe women pushed in very way they could to gain rights throughout the 19th and 20th century. Women fought for equal rights under law and the right to vote. Women and men were always held expected roles, for example for men to work in factories and attend club meeting and socialize with other men. Otherwise while women were strictly homebound, cooking and cleaning, women’s free time went towards sewing laundry and family maintenance. Women society was greatly defend by the Declaration of Sentiments, which explained the injustices of women's roles in society. They were not able to own land or had any political access. Women wanted to firmly get their point across so they started protesting, going to political speeches, which was considered unlady like. Then began …show more content…
(Senker, 34)
Women weren't “properly equipped” to take on roles in the electoral politics, most white, middle class women became very involved in the public life. Helping religion, charity, and assisting widows, orphans, and the disabled. These events did not shake men’s role since the women were keeping together. Dorothea Dix was a big deal with helping and establishing thirty-two mental hospitals. (Senker, 27) Women during the antebellum period started a campaign that focus of the drinking men that spent a large portion of their time and wages on alcohol which could almost ruin their reputations and cause family issues. Men began to act violently towards their wives and children. The Temperance Movement very much helped with this problem in male social lives, and women were very interested to take part in this movement. The Women’s New York State Temperance Society was starting to include women, especially those who were not able to join existing temperance movements. This movement included women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Amelia Bloomer. Women groups started protesting in front of public