Equality Of Rights Under The Law Shall Not Be Denied Or Abridged By The United States

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Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." - the Equal Rights Amendment
Generations of women fought courageously for equality for decades. The ratification of the Nineteenth amendment was vindication for so many women across the country. After having spent so many years oppressed and unable to make way for themselves, women everywhere were growing tired of being unable to own property, keep their wages and the independence that an academic education gave them. The decades that ensued brought with them various female activists, men that supported them and a division of its own within the movement. By the early 1800’s, sisters Angelina and Sarah Grimke had already made a name for themselves as anti-slavery abolitionist. The sisters, who later joined the Quaker faith were also authors. Several of their publications were for the supplication of the rights of African Americans. They later moved their ambitions to women’s rights. “All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks and permit us to stand upright on the ground which God intended us to occupy"- Sarah Moore Grimke The sisters traveled together and advocated together. They were considered by society in that time to be “un-lady like.” Although mostly political advocates, in those days their speaking on behalf of those exploited by society was enough to warrant a bad standing in the community. I believe these…
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