Feminist Movement Research Paper

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The United States is known as the land of the free, but this was not always the case. Because of religious reasons, women were supposed to be reserved and subservient towards their husbands. It was not until the early-mid 19th century that women gained enough ground to begin discussing women’s rights in the United States. They gained basic rights for a less subservient life style; marriage became a thing of love not obligation. The second wave of feminism came in the 1960s when women saw the opportunity to become completely equal with men in the United States. Out of this third wave came several groups of feminists. The feminist movement in the United States has changed almost incredibly from the call for basic rights to a call past equality,…show more content…
In the Seneca Falls convention, there was talk of political equality for women. Elizabeth Cady Stanton inspired the convention after she met Lucretia Mott at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, the conference refused to seat Mott and other female delegates from the United States because of their gender. The people of the anti-slavery convention were supporting the African Americans in their struggle but not the Women and their apparent struggle. Of the three hundred people, there were many notable people including Fredrick Douglas an advocate of African American freedom. The Declaration of Sentiments, a document guaranteeing more rights to women, was signed at the convention, spurring the ongoing feminist movement. The document was written similarly to the United States Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights”. The laws written because of this document were called the Coverture laws…show more content…
One argument is on the wage gap; “Women are employed, but they make about 76 cents to a man's dollar and make up the majority of Americans living in poverty” (For Women). This analysis does not take into consideration but one detail of the people’s lives that the average wage covers. Women take time off for pregnancy and child care while men on average do not leave for a period as long as what women take for children. Once that is taken into consideration the gap shrinks to 95 cents per ever dollar a man makes (The Truth). This five cent gap is caused by education differences and labor capabilities. Women in America are so successful that they have powerful political positions, like Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. In fact the recent growth in female ambassadors has been dubbed “The Hillary effect” carrying the idea that Hillary Clinton has opened gates for women in the political field to show how good women are in politics (For
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