Essay on The Women 's Rights Movement

1274 Words Oct 4th, 2016 6 Pages
The women 's rights movement of the mid-nineteenth century unified women around a number of issues that were seen as universal rights for all citizens; they included: the right to own property, access to higher education, reproductive rights, and suffrage. Women 's suffrage was the most controversial women 's rights issue of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and divided early feminists on ideological lines. After women secured the right to vote in 1917, the women 's rights movement lost much of its momentum. World War I and II encouraged women to do their patriotic duty by entering the workforce to support the war effort. Many women assumed they would leave the working world when men returned from service, and many did. However, other women enjoyed the economic benefits of working outside the home and remained in the workforce permanently. After WWII, the women 's rights movement had difficulty coming together on important issues. It was not until the socially explosive 1960s that the modern feminist movement would be re-energized. In the four decades since, the women 's movement has tackled many issues that are considered discriminatory toward women including: sexism in advertising and the media, economic inequality issues that affect families, and violence against women. Two ongoing issues in which women seek social change are those having to do with wage discrimination and reproductive health.
Like any almost every other modern social movement, the women…

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