Women's Rights Movement In The Early 19th Century

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List of sources: #1- Feminism and suffrage #2- Begining of sisterhood #3- Women’s rights #4- Extrodonary women of WWI Background- Women’s pre war Women held traditional roles, similar to the centuries before Housewives, domestic work, teachers- professions considered suitable for women. There were women’s rights movements in both Britain and US, for more rights- marriage rights. ( #1Feminism and Suffarege p.21) There was also a suffragette movement in both countries. Roles/rights
I Early 1800s Roles were the same as they had been for hundreds of years considered inferior, the weaker sex traditional roles- housewife, mother lower classes worked in factories, which were dangerous and
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Mens and women roles were more evenly divided (#2 Beg of Sisterhood p.2)
Female pioneers were expected to carry almost equal weight as men women had to pull their weight, and men had to depend on them to survive the harsh realities of a newly formed society.
They held many non traditional roles- doctors, lawyers, preachers, writers (http://www.wic.org/misc/history.htm)
Women were used in the Civil War
After civil war 30% of women were single because of lack of men and had to learn to provide for themselves (#3
5 million women in the workforce early 1900s Mississippi in 1839, followed by New York in 1848 and Massachusetts in 1854, passed laws allowing married women to own property separate from their husbands.
More than ⅓ of college were women by 1900
In early March 1917, before the war, the secretary of the navy allowed women to join as yeomanettes as he recognized that
Suffragettes a Britain had a movement for women votes in the early 1800’s. They would demonstrate, and were often violent
By the end of the 19th century, formed The National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (#3 Womens Rights
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worked in munitions factories b. worked in transport industry- bus drivers, conductors, ticket takers,
c. 100,000 women joined WAAC Women’s Army Auxillary Corp, Womens Royal Naval Corp
d. made uniforms- worked heavier machinery
d. Men were very threatened by the entrance of cheap labour (#4 p.60) Skilled unions organized against them
2. U.S
Drafted 4 million men
Only 1 million women joined workforce from 1915 to 1918
It was that women in the workforce had new “non-tradional” jobs opened up to them
Worked in fields such
Women were allowed to enroll in

D. analyze women warfare propaganda

Attitude change
“Time was when I thought that men alone maintained the state. Now I know that men alone could never have maintained it, and that henceforth the modern State must be dependant on men and women alike for the progressive strength and vitalty of its whole orginazation.”- J.L. Garvin reporter (block quote) (# 3 p. 110)

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