Women's Rights In The Progressive Era

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Without women, no one would be where they are today. In the time of war, it was up to the women to make the money and support their household while the men were at war. However, this was not always easy, or fair on many accounts (in terms of certain rights and wages). The women’s efforts during the war have been obvious all through antiquity. Various powerful women and organizations throughout the world’s history have contributed for the fight to gain equal pay, acceptable working conditions, and women’s suffrage.
During World War I, men were paid approximately 26 shillings a week while women were paid 11 shillings a week and sometimes less. Most of the working women were putting in 54 hard hours each week, but still made barely enough to support their families. Due to the great difference in pay, it resulted in strikes being held in London, and the first “equal pay for equal work” campaign was born. Even though the women working “male” jobs proved that they could do the work effectively, the government would not shift their thinking about wages. Women feared that when the war ended that the men would come back and take their jobs away, which is what
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Due to their hard-working hours and strikes to have more rights, they gained more respect from citizens, and eventually from the government, which of course resulted in the 19th Amendment. The right for women to vote is a big step toward equality of men and women. Women in the suffrage movement sold war bonds and conserved food to send to Europe’s suffering (“Women in the Progressive Era”). These organizations were vicariously dedicated to “bring relief” to “war-torn countries” throughout Europe. With them being so immensely involved showed their striking patriotism and helped to gain respect from citizens and have their causes taken seriously (“Women in World War