Essay on Inequality of Women During 1840 to 1968

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Inequality of women during 1840 to 1968 Many ancient laws and beliefs show that women from all around the world have always been considered inferior to men. However, as time went on, ideas of equality circulated around and women started to demand equality. Many women fought for equality and succeeded in bringing some rights. However, full equality for women has yet to be fulfilled. This issue is important because many women believe that the rights of a person should not be infringed no matter what their gender is, and by not giving them equality, their rights are being limited. During the periods 1840 to 1968, total equality for women did not become a reality due to inadequate political representation, economic discrepancy, and…show more content…
should be protected by her sons” (Suguna 13). Women were considered to be weak and not fit enough to lead a nation. Also, studies have shown to prove the popular belief that men think logically while women think emotionally (Chentsova-Dutton Introduction). This belief causes one to think that in order to be a president, one should think and act with facts and logic, not with emotions. Because of this popular belief, many were wary of electing a woman as a president. Not only popular beliefs shown by text, but political cartoons also showed the difficulties of women being equally represented in politics as men. The cartoon, “Making the Polls Attractive to the Anti-Suffragists” depicts women playing cards and dancing over participating a ballot. Out of the many women in the cartoon, only one actually decides to stop playing cards and participate in the ballot (Barton). This shows how even though women did get their rights to vote, most women did not take advantages of their rights. It also shows how because so little women participated in votes, it made it hard for them to gain adequate political representation. Economic discrepancies also hindered total equality being given to women. During 1939 to 1945, World War II played a significant role in the available jobs for women. As women's husbands were going out to war, women started to demand to fill in the spaces of their husbands and work in a traditionally male job such as home front jobs or factory work. (Partners
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