Declaration of Independence and the Beginning of Women's Rights Movement in America

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Over two centuries ago, a document was written that announced the independence of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain. That document, The Declaration of Independence, indicated that a new country was born, oppression in the New World would come to an end and new-found individual freedoms for citizens of America would become a reality. Thomas Jefferson ideals expressed in The Declaration of Independence was a stepping stone to the foundation of America. Many of Jefferson’s ideals expressed his concern for equality and liberty. The ideals he expressed in The Declaration of independence such as “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” (392), “all men have unalienable rights; that among these are life,…show more content…
Rowland notes that 80 percent of the women who had jobs wanted to keep them rather than return to their women’s work. (79) Thereafter, once soldiers started to reemerge into the workforce, women’s issues with the government controlling what jobs women can or cannot have started reappearing shortly thereafter. The 21st century would bring a new surge towards equal rights for women. Issues such as abortion and reproductive rights, wage rights and discrimination based on gender, are just a few of the issues women are facing in the 21st century. The National Organization for Women reports women should have access reproductive health and family planning services, including abortion. Abolishing the ability for women to access those health services violates a “fundamental human right” notes NOW. According to NOW, a severe and continuing shortage of family planning services and contraceptive products leads to an estimated 76 million unplanned pregnancies worldwide, according to the U.N. Population Fund (2005). Not granting these services to women leaves them at a huge risk. An estimated seventy-eight thousand women die each year around the world.
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