Essay on American Women 1920-1960

2522 Words Sep 30th, 2013 11 Pages
Throughout history, society has classified women and their roles and potential within a given society. There have been reasons in the past for this fact, which have included religious oppression and portraying of their role. The initial idea of a women’s place being in the home taking care of the children and looking after the home, this is still common in today’s society. Women now have a new found ability to fulfill their dreams and have achieved an independence that few would have perceived. Modern day society accepts the fact that sex should not determine your place within it, however, how did it get to this point? To find out, we will discuss some of the major events over time that have carved the modern day woman and the role …show more content…
Eleanor Roosevelt was a large part of her husband’s career in his presidency and her own progression, women looked up to her.
Eleanor Roosevelt was a great leader for all women, she became involved after her husband came down with Polio, they were trying to find a cure for polio, and they had researched what may help him. In 1924 Eleanor Roosevelt started writing articles for magazines, she was also on the radio, was a board member of the bi-partisan Women’s City Club. In 1926 she had established the non-profit Val-Kill industries; this was designed to help farmers learn how to create furniture to help with their income (Hoff-Wilson, 1985).
With the progression of the perceptions of the modern day women, the suffrage movement gained enough momentum to effect change. When trying to evoke change for a taboo subject such as the right to vote, women utilized education to do it. They recognized that educating women across the country would allow them to realize what was at stake. This was a

slow and low yielding progress as changing someone’s way of life is a hard thing to convince someone of, even if it was for the better.
Many women became impatient and as a result began to protest to make them heard. Alice Paul convened the Congressional Union, who on “January 1, 1917, they stood rigid and

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