Women 's Rights Movement During The 20th Century Essay

1833 Words May 18th, 2016 8 Pages
Elizabeth Stanton sparked the initial feminist movement in the United States in 1848 with the Seneca Falls Convention. However, the racial turmoil that approached the United States during the coming decades caused the tabling of gender inequality. The Progressive era of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries brought the resurgence of the Women 's Rights Movement. The organizations involved in the first wave of feminism focused on women 's suffrage and succeeded in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment signified both the end of a 72 year battle for women 's suffrage, as well as the end of the first wave of women 's rights. During the next two decades, equality for women found itself at a standstill. Other than the "Rosie the Riveter" movement during the second world war, which included women in the work force, women 's rights did not take any significant steps forward until the conclusion of World War II. The women fighting for equality during the early part of the twentieth century purely focused on political equality. The racial equality attained during the Civil war resulted in a refocus on the fight for women 's political rights. While the first feminist movement was based around political rights, the second wave of feminism following World War II concentrated on the whole woman and all of her rights. Although the 19th Amendment granted women political equality, the post World War II feminist movement granted greater equality because the…

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