Feminism : The Proprage Movement And The Women's Rights Movement

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Women’s Feminist editor and writer Marie Shear once wrote: “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.” Shear had a simple and straightforward definition that clearly explained the goal of feminism. Although the similarities between the women’s suffrage movement and modern day feminism are evident, the differences are quite pronounced. Generally speaking the idea of the women’s suffrage movement and modern feminism was that women should be treated equally to men. Women’s suffrage began with a simple afternoon tea in July 1848 when four friends’ conversation turned to women and the friends began to pour out their discontent about the restrictions placed on women in America (History of the Women’s Rights Movement). It took nearly 70 years of fighting and protesting for women to gain their right to vote, and on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified, allowing women the right to vote. Today, women are able to vote however they are still seeking more representation in the U.S. government. Even though women do have representation in the government, men still have more dominance over women. Another notion that began during the women’s suffrage movement was that women are people, not just housewives or mothers. Many women during the suffrage movement chose not to get married and/or have children to try to prove that women are complex human beings able to be more than who they were told they were supposed to be. Modern feminism believes that it is

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