The Struggle Of Women 's Participation

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If you are reading this, quite possibly as a woman, your rights may not be what the women who went before you fought so hard to achieve. As I write to tell you the areas of achievement, please understand that cultural drift sometimes took a long time to come about given our patriarchal society with values of tradition, order and obedience. Until the end of the 19th century almost all women would not have thought about challenging societal norms. You will see that newer values develop in women around freedom, independence and ambition to have an equal say about their world and their bodies. Some fights would be won and others are still in progress; these are all very important history lessons that will help you learn how women became able to participate fully in society, no longer a man’s world without women’s participation. I will explain just a few of the courageous women and their tactics and strategies for achieving an egalitarian society where women have equal opportunities in the realm of voting rights, education, work and birth control. No fight is won alone, each woman was joined by others who helped including some open-minded men. Women were given the right to vote in 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed. This was the end to a long battle that lasted over 70 years. Two brave women Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucrecia Mott, both longtime abolitionists, organized the first meeting in 1848 to discuss women’s issues in New York. At first these
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