A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women

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In the 18th century, women had virtually no rights. They were not allowed to work or vote. Instead, women were subjected to the household: cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children. Consequently, women who were tired of being subjugated by society created the feminist movement. Feminism is the fight for the equality of the sexes. Throughout this fight, there had been several texts written to illuminate the many struggles of women and the ways to resolve these struggles. Among the first texts was Mary Wollstonecraft’s article “A Vindication of the Rights of Women,” which discussed in full, the status of women in 18th century society and how the community could work together to fix the barrier between men and women. Later came Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s speech “Declaration of Sentiments,” which was delivered in 1848 at the First Women’s Rights Convention. It critiques the idea of society viewing men as superior and women as possessions. Before the 20th century, women were not valued the same way men were. Despite being held to the same standards as men, women were still subjected to them. This can be seen through the objectification of women: women were expected to always look beautiful and presentable without being able to utilize their skills; they were not allowed to initiate sexual desires, even though it is human nature, while men were praised for having sexual desires. In 18th century society, women were objects of beauty. In a time period where corsets
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