A Woman's Journey Essay

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A Woman's Journey The "old" definition for feminism was defined as working towards an overall goal as a group, to achieve economic and political power. Today, this new definition no longer holds true, because many women are misrepresented and confused by many new definitions of feminism. This confusion has created women's ability to take matters into her own hands, and follow her own goals and inspirations-whatever they may be.

The first wave of the women's movement started when Abigail Adams wrote her husband, John, to ask him to "remember the ladies" when writing the Declaration of Independence. In fact, the writers did include women's rights, but they took it
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Protests became an every day word, and women's rights became inevitable. They stood to be heard and respected. In the end, they achieved it with grace.

The United States passed several laws during the 1960's and 1970's, aimed at providing equal rights for women. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires equal pay for men and women doing the same work. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits job discrimination on the basis of sex as well as on the basis of color, race, national origin, and religion. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 bans discrimination on the basis of sex by schools and colleges receiving federal funds. This law applies to discrimination in all areas of school activity, including admissions, athletics, and educational programs. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act took effect in 1975. It prohibits banks, stores, and other organizations from discriminating on the basis of sex or marital status in making loans or granting credit.

After passing many laws, women gained political and economic power in the United States. Even now, women's power has continued to increase in wages, politics, education, and labor force. Women who were full-time, year-round workers earned 74 cents in 1997 for every dollar earned by men -- a significant improvement over the 57 cents they received in 1973. The percentage of wage and salary
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