Essay about The Progression of Women through the 20th Century

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The Progression of Women through the 20th Century

March 24, 2014


There has been so much history and so many changes to our country over the last 100 years. I will focus on the changes that women have fought for and helped in making positive changes in our country.
“If one compares a woman in 1900 with her counterpart in 2000, the gains have been significant. There were the obvious changes, such as the right to vote and other governmental policies supporting women in the 1960s and 1970s. The results were women successfully engaging in certain jobs for the first time. Where women were once a minority, or excluded entirely, by 1980, they accounted for more than half of all undergraduate students”,
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The road to American Women’s Suffrage was up and down, back and forth, from 1776 until 1920. “Suffrage” means having the legal right to vote in a political election. Women all over the States were vying for the equal right to vote in the elections, to have a voice in what they wanted for their country. The National Woman Suffrage Association, founded by Susan B. Anthony, became the turning point in women’s suffrage. Carrie Chapman Catt had a plan. Her plan was to focus on winning the right to vote by promoting education of the issue at the state level. In August 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment became a part of the U.S. Constitution. In November of that year, women across the country voted in their first presidential election.
The African American woman made great strides as well. During the Civil Rights Movements, there were several women to stand up to the white man, some purposefully taking a stand and some just trying to survive in the new world of “freedom”.
Rosa Parks made a huge impact on the Civil Rights Movement. Taking the bus after a long, tiring day of work, she decided not to give up her seat to a white person and was thrown off the bus and ridiculed. Martin Luther King Jr. heard of this and stood behind Rosa Parks and started the first boycott of public transportation. The end result was a law put in place allowing African Americans to ride public

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