Essay on The Women 's Rights Movement

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“The history of men 's opposition to women 's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.”(Virginia Woolf) The women’s rights movement has been a key change in America since the 1930’s. Whether it was defying the norm, fighting unequal pay, job discrimination or maternity leave women never backed down in the face of the men who asserted their control over them. Ever since the 1930’s, females have made huge strides in gender equality, but even with so many acts, women’s rights still have aways to go.
As society ages, so do stereotypes of that time. One such stereotype is that all women are weak, scatterbrained, and emotional. This stereotype was enforced by the ruling men, in which a patriarchal system dominated. In this system men not only ruled the home life, but the political scene as well. Just as women got the right to vote, an evolution started in females all over America. Best quoted by Louise Benner, she said “The ‘new woman’ was on her way” (1). This evolution entailed what is called the “flapper”, a woman who threw out the old belief that women needed men. They personified independence, wearing unconventional clothing, working a man’s job, and having a behavior seen un-lady like during that era. Louise Benner stated “society now accepted that women could be independent and make choices for themselves in education, jobs, marital status, and careers” (1). In many ways women were detaching from this
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