What Happened During The Feminist Movement

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”(Margaret Mead) There have been many protests, riots, and revolutions all over the world from ancient eras to our modern day. Each one of those has made the world what it is today. One of the most important protests was the feminist movement .Feminism is the advocacy of women 's rights to the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. The feminist movement started hundreds of years ago and till this day its legacy continues. The feminist movement was a series of protests in which women all over the world have fought to be equal under the law as men, and as as result women are able to vote, choose …show more content…
This movement first started in the middle 1800’s specifically late 1840’s. What happened during this movement was that leading women and fellow participants organized protests, marches, and organizations. They met up regularly to discuss and plan what they wanted to do to reach their goals. The feminist movement began during this era because at this time time in America women were oppressed and expected to fit this perfect housewife role. The leading women of this movement wanted to change that and have an opportunity for all women to be equal. Throughout the feminist movement these key things happened. In 1848, the first women 's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY. In 1920, the nineteenth amendment to the Constitution was passed granting women the right to vote. On June 10, 1963 congress passed the Equal Pay Act, making illegal for employers to pay a women less than what a man receives for the same job. On March 22, 1972 Title IX of Education Amendments bans gender discrimination in schools. As a result the enrollment of females in athletics increases dramatically. During the feminist movement the members faced challenges such as, in 1916 Margaret Sanger opened the first U.S. birth control clinic in New York which was shut down ten …show more content…
With the help and leadership of these women the feminist movement was able to become really successful. Women such as Betty Friedan, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Lucy Stone, and many more. Betty Friedan spent her life working to establish women’s equality and helped to establish Women’s Strike for Equality in 1970 which made the feminist movement popular throughout America. Gloria Steinem led the movement throughout the 60s and 70s. She was the co-founder of several female groups that changed the face of feminism. In 2013, she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Alice Paul was an active member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She established the Congressional Union for Women’s Suffrage which helped give women the right to vote. Alice Paul was sentenced to jail for a protest in which she was involved. While in jail she went on a hunger strike and was treated horribly. “ I practiced a hunger strike until November 11th… Each day, I was wrapped in blankets and taken to another cell to be fed, the food being injected through my nostrils… Twice the tube came through my mouth and I got it between my teeth… Sometimes they tied me to a chair with sheets. Once I managed to get my hands loose, and snatched the tube, tearing it with my teeth. I also broke a jug, but i didn’t give in.” (Alice Paul) Susan B. Anthony was one of the beginning

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