Social Movement Of Women 's Rights Essay

770 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
This social movement of Women’s Rights in America was initiated with the desire to bring change in the social structure of society, and of the way women were unjustly treated and perceived. This social movement consisted of rebellion, activism, and protests all to promote social justice in the United States. The article The National Women’s History Project, lists the social problems that rooted from the limitations put on women, Stanton in her Declaration of Sentiments specifically reveals these issues:
• Married women were legally dead in the eyes of the law
• Women were not allowed to vote
• Women had to submit to laws when they had no voice in their formation
• Married women had no property rights
• Husbands had legal power over and responsibility for their wives to the extent that they could imprison or beat them with impunity
• Divorce and child custody laws favored men, giving no rights to women
• Women had to pay property taxes although they had no representation in the levying of these taxes
• Most occupations were closed to women and when women did work they were paid only a fraction of what men earned
• Women were not allowed to enter professions such as medicine or law
• Women had no means to gain an education since no college or university would accept women students
• With only a few exceptions, women were not allowed to participate in the affairs of the church
• Women were robbed of their self-confidence and self-respect, and were made totally dependent on men…

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