The changing roles of women since 1865

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The changing roles of women since 1865
American History Since 1865
January 20, 2014
The changing roles of women since 1865
During colonial America women’s roles were that of maintaining the household, birthing and minding the children, and a supportive role to the man of the house. This role changed little over time until 1848 when the women’s rights movement started at the Seneca Falls Convention. It was at the convention when Elizabeth Cady Stanton gave a Declaration of Sentiments; she demanded equal rights including the right to vote for women. “Signed by 68 women and 32 men, it was a powerful symbol and the beginning of a long struggle for legal, professional, educational, and voting rights.” (Bowles, 2011,
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It seemed as if all the elements had conspired to impel me to some onward step. I could not see what to do or where to begin—my only thought was a public meeting for protest and discussion." (Stanton, 1898) There was also the American Women Suffrage Association commonly referred to as AWSA formed by Lucy Stone and her husband Henry Blackwell, the goal was also to gain the right for women to vote. (Farrell, 2006) The American Women Suffrage Association was formed as a result in a difference in philosophy, goals and the tactics used by the National Woman Suffrage Association. The American Woman Suffrage Association was considered more conservative and even supported the Republican Party and held males as officers within the association. Working to change things from the local and state point of view was the way that the American Women Suffrage Association worked. Women’s suffrage lasted till women crossed the rooms to the ballot boxes in November 1920. The struggle for voting was part of the path to the modern stronger willed woman who was not afraid to stand up for herself, even when faced with opposition even such as war.
Women were used to a background role, staying home and minding the household and children within. However in World War One commonly referred to as WWI women were needed in the work places to ensure that production of war machines wasn’t hindered with the men gone. Many women even worked heavy labor including ship
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