History of the Women’s Rights Movement

Introduction

There have been staggering changes observed in women that have come up over many generations in the family life, employment, education and in the government. The changes didn’t just happen but women themselves were behind these changes. Women have come up with means like petition drives, meetings, nonviolent resistance and public speaking to affect the changes. The Women’s Right’s Movement is currently celebrated across nations. The movement also has its amazing story just like any other stories.

The launching of the revolution

On July 13, 1848, the movement was launched on a summer day in New York. A young wife, Elizabeth Cady got the invitation for tea with the other four women friends. She was not satisfied with the limitations placed on her by the new democracy of America. Women had not yet won their freedom as they had to go through risky issues during this time. The other friends agreed with Elizabeth that the American society would benefit if women were given more chances in the society. They, therefore, agreed to have a large-scale program to effectively see their demands heard.

The first convention of women’s rights

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At this point, the sentiments of the women were met one by one but after a few amendments. However, the resolution that women should be allowed to vote during elections was inconceivable. However, Fredrick Douglass; a rich orator commented that women had the right to liberty just as the slaves. The women were favored since the resolution won the votes in the end. They agreed to use means like employment of agents, tracts circulation and petitions to see their work was accepted and not ridiculed.

The beginning of the backlash

The declaration of their sentiments was not accepted by many people and therefore the press took part in it. they ridiculed the sentiments and in particular, the ninth one that talked about voting of women. The movement at this point was one day old but the backlash had begun. The whole text of the sentiments was published as a means of ridicule bearing the names of people who signed it. some were embarrassed and decided to withdraw their signature as people from the cities joined in the discussion of the movement.

Movement expands

The conventions of women’s rights were held severally from 1850 till the beginning of the civil war. The meetings drew large crowds of people who ended up being turned away due to lack of spaces in the meetings. Women like Elizabeth, Lucy Stone, and others traveled the country giving lectures and organizing for a period of forty years. They had great achievements even though they had challenges like limited resources

After winning the vote

The National American Woman Suffrage Association was reconfigured to let women voters ensure that women took part in voting. In 1923, Alice Paul drafted an amendment on equal rights where men and women took part in voting. The second wave of activism took place in 1960 where the public was conscious of this right hence various segments of the population were pulled to the movement.

Living the legacy

After a series of challenges to the women who started the movement, the movement had now made progress in almost all the places that were addressed by Elizabeth. Women had gotten the right to vote after 150 years and also they were elected for public offices in all the levels of the government. Women in the present world are living a legacy of the rights of women that was achieved by women from seven generations before us.

 

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