Women 's Rights By Elizabeth Fairfield Corbin Essay

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Women 's rights activists, had many enemies and only a few allies. In a modern context, it can be hard to imagine why people would fight against equal opportunity. But, even in modern context it can be fairly easy to see certain careers with a shortage of a certain sex, whether through cultural norms or being “bullied” out. However, women 's rights activists of the early 20th, to mid-20th century had most of America against them, women and men alike. Women were allowed to work, but only in “women 's” jobs. Men were worried that women would pose a threat to the way the workplace functioned, where men (primarily white) gained and women supported.1 A good first hand view of the situation of women 's suffrage and “equal work and equal pay”(though a bit earlier than the time frame looked at in this essay) can be found in Caroline Elizabeth Fairfield Corbin 's article, “ Woman 's Rights in America; A Retrospect of Sixty Years, 1848-1908”, in which discusses the effect socialist propaganda had on American Women 's rights,

“Socialism puts this responsibility upon the state, together with that of caring for the children. What then becomes of marriage and the home? Is there any escape from the conviction that the industrial and political independence of woman would be the wreck of our present domestic institutions? It is precisely this end at which Socialism aims. This is the true significance of its outcry for “equality” between men and women, for “equal work” and “equal pay”,…

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