Civil War Women's Rights Essay

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Since the beginning of time, girls and boys are expected by society to play certain roles in based on traditions, different religions, and beliefs. These behaviors shape the gender roles in the developing world. Women were denied the right to vote until the nineteenth amendment was passed in 1920, fifty years after African American men were granted suffrage. Woman not having natural rights such as, the right to vote, access to equal education, right to divorce and so forth, did not stop them from gaining equality. Significant figures such as Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Abigail Adams and Clara Barton played a large role in the the woman’s right movement. Gender equality for woman were gained through social encounters and political exchanges.

Early exchanges started with Abigail Adams and her husband John in 1776, participating in the Continental Congress, to "Remember the Ladies" as the nation 's political leaders wrote up new codes of law. "Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands," she wrote. "Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could." (LIBRARY and
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Clara Barton, the founder of the “American Red Cross” was an important figure during the Civil War. Supplying and supporting the troops on the field exemplified her understanding of people’s needs in distress. (Barton,1904)
However, after the war was over the women’s movement thought they were in a good position to win some key “battles” or encounters due to their war work. Republicans in power believed that women’s suffrage would hurt their chances to push the rights for freed slaves because of the widespread unpopularity of women’s rights. (National Women 's History Museum, 2007) Elizabeth Cady Stanton was oppressed by the denial of women 's rights, she fought for rights in the National Woman Suffrage Association serving as

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