The Battle for Equality Essay

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The Battle For Equality
While the 1960’s experienced a huge cultural shift in acceptance, equality and a demand for an end to domestic violence and sexual harassment, the push for society to view woman differently and for woman to advocate for change didn’t start or end with the 1960’s. As early as 1848, with the “first gathering devoted to women’s rights” (U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007) which eventually led to the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment on August 26th, 1920 that provided women the right to vote; to the 1960’s and the “second wave of fervent activism” that eventually led to “state and federal laws…outlawing discrimination in employment and education” (Ruthsdotter, 1998), women have fought for the most basic rights
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Elizabeth Stanton drafted and read to the approximately 300 people in attendance the Declaration of Sentiments, Grievances, and Resolutions, an excerpt of the reading follows:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of the women under this government, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to demand the equal station to which they are entitled.” (Gordon, 1997)
Only one of the women that signed the Seneca Falls Declaration lived to cast her ballet at the polls for a presidential election, some 72 years after the Seneca Falls Convention (Rynder, 1999). Largely due to the work and participation of women during the First World War, congress passed the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920 which provided women throughout the United States of America full voting rights. (U.S. Government

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