Women's Rights In The Late 1800s

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Women in the late 1800’s were mistreated in all types of ways. but they have also made a huge mark in history and have created one of the most used financial help programs for the government. There is always a struggle in life, but women’s struggles that they have been through are one of the toughest. In the late 1800’s women were treated like lesser citizens because they were viewed as sex symbols, had no rights to speak in public, and were controlled by men.
In the Victorian age, women that were advertising or just in public in general were look at like sex symbols. In the article The Girl’s Own: Cultural Histories of the Anglo-American Girl, 1830-1850, one of the written authors known as Judith Walkowits suggested, “by normalizing women’s
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In the late 1800’s women’s athletics were merely a way of controlling the women’s bodily shape. Men considered basketball and other sports that women played to be too masculine for woman to have a career playing them. Along with athletics, even things that women ate were controlled by man. If a woman endorsed vegetarianism she saw it as a tool of male control. Men even controlled what women wore. Although women were mostly controlled by men, women did not have many rights, according to the article Women in the Public Sphere, 1838-1877, the author states, “women had begun to forge a powerful suffrage movement, certain women were participating in the public political discourse, and the national had ratified the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which would eventually be used to fight sex discrimination (1).” This movement that the women in 1877 were creating would be a mile stone for all women in history. American womanhood had done much to humanize society. As for the public sphere, it was growing because of democratic ferment. The public sphere was also growing because of new forms of organization and communication in the nineteenth …show more content…
According to the article A Hundred Years of Women Having the Vote—Well, Some Women, the author states, “There is often an assumption that when women received the right to vote provincially in 1916, that it was the first-time women in Alberta had ever voted (1)”. The author then goes on to say, “As early as the late 1800’s, some women were permitted to vote municipally under very strict conditions (1)”. The first ever woman to vote was a woman from Lethbridge known as Mrs. W.R. Barker. Mrs. Barker voted in the year of 1897. She was a recently widowed and voted in municipal and school board elections as the head of household. In the article, Private Women and the Public Good: Charity and State Formation in Hamilton Ontario, 1846-93, the authors writes about a group of forty-six women who helped shape the most important social welfare institutions in Ontario. The women drew on the principle of scientific charity when in turn the women managed and administered the association to address the effects of poverty on economically disadvantaged families and children. Of course, this movement was not only shaped by women’s class-based and religious ideology, but also by prevailing notions of masculine ideology that defined the nature of the state. Also in