Essay on The Women 's Rights Movement

1556 Words Nov 30th, 2015 7 Pages
Section one of the amendment states that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Section two states that Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. Lastly, section 3 states that this amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification. The women’s rights movement began as the women’s suffrage movement in the mid 1800’s. The idea of woman suffrage became a major cause when Elizabeth Cady Stanton questioned why women had not gained freedom even though the American Revolution had been fought 7 decades earlier to win freedom from tyranny. From there, Stanton drafted a Declaration of Sentiments, based on the Declaration of Independence. When the first women’s rights convention was planned, Stanton grouped up with other advocates such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth, and Lucretia Mott. Prominent figures in the 20th century women’s rights movement are the notable Alive Paul, Ida B, Wells, and Harriet Stanton Blatch. While many activists wished for social liberty, such as a more lax dress code, the priority of 19th and early 20th century feminist movements were the enfranchisement of women. Enfranchisement was granted to women in 1919, but the movement did not stop there. Despite the passage of the 19th amendment, African American women were forced to wait in line for hours to register…

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