Essay On Early Women's Rights Movement

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Until the mid-eighteenth century the role of a woman was to live cast behind the shadows of her husband. Without complaining, she was expected to take care of the children, cook, clean, and adhere to any wishes her husband desired. However, because of the constant reinforcement of this stereotype, many women began to feel constrained, leading them to question what was their role in society. This anger and frustration later became known as the campaign towards the “Early Women’s Rights Movement.”
Towards the end of the 1760’s American colonies adopted the principle of English common law, which stated, “By marriage, the husband and wife are one person in the law. The very being and legal existence are suspended during the marriage, or at least is incorporated into that of her husband under whose wing and protection she performs everything. ” This meant that although men and women were “one” under the law, every action that a woman made had to be in accordance with her spouse, which in turn limited many rights women had like the ability to own property. This underlined the idea
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Revolutionaries like, Elizabeth Stanton, aided the movement by organizing the Seneca Falls Convention and writing the Declaration of Sentiment, which later became the blueprint for the Women’s Right’s Movement. Although, it may seem as the women’s rights movement may be progressing there is still much to be done. From gaining the right to vote in 1920 to having a woman as a candidate for president, society has excelled tremendously. However, with new advancements different issues and problems come into play. In the last thirty years significant issues like constitutional equality, economic justice, ending violence against women, and racial justice have been the main topic for the women’s right’s

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