The Progressive Movement: The Women's Rights Movement

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During the progressive era women strived to improve their social status and educational/political statues, though faced with many hardships they fought till they were heard and their demands met.Women such as Alice Paul the leader of the National Woman’s Party (NWP), Carrie Chapman Catt the leader of American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), and Eleanor Roosevelt would make these historical changes. Women of color also began to fight for their rights, fighting booth racisim and sexisim they were left to deal with even harder challenges than the average white women. Mobilized on the behalf of reforming a number of social problems that directly affected women and children, issues such as public health, child labor, and women jobs were …show more content…
In the uptown Sinclair two passenger describe entering a city by train and being appalled by what they saw and smell’ “They were not sure that it was unpleasant, this odor. Some might have called it sickening….”(434) The pollution was extremely detrimental to anyone under 18 and the old. Minors would have developing lungs which the smog and filthy air from trash could cause asthma and other illnesses. It was clear to the women and mothers that publics well being was next on their agenda.An example of work done by an amazing female activist and journalist is Ida Tarbell. Tarbell exposed the company Standard Oil bringing them to justice with her muckraking skills for their …show more content…
Which is why female activist practised maternalist activism which is ….Women were giving this ability because of there ability to work if needed and handle the home often on little to no sleep, a great example in The rise of the new South in which states “In cases in which both parents worked,at night she did nearly always did the housework,including her ironing and washing...on one day at least the mother went from nearly 18 to 24 hours.”(421)Child labour was cheap and the population of children was higher then adults because of the lack of contraceptive, making the children a cheap and easy target group to abuse. Many jobs such as coal mining and other tight fit jobs used frail small children to fit in tight, dangerous.These children were overworked and underpaid an example of this also from the earlier quoted text, is “ On booth day roll and roll. This record showed that 4 children …all members of the same family had been paid 78 to 84 hours per week.”(421) A leading the fight for child labor reform is the national child labor committee.America 's economy developed so quickly that they oppressed and hurt the most defenseless group leaving women to fight and defend

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