Timeline of Gendered Movements Essay

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Timeline of Gendered Movements [pic] Timeline of Gendered Movements Beginning in the mid-19th century, woman suffrage supporters worked to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change in the Constitution. Women’s rights pioneers used tactics such as parades, silent vigils, hunger strikes, and picketing to get there points across and Congress to pass a women suffrage amendment. (Reforming Their World, 2007) The 19th amendment of 1920 is a very important amendment to the constitution because it gave women the right to vote. You may remember that the 15th amendment made it illegal for the federal and state government to deny any US citizen the right to vote, however, this did not apply to women. The 19th…show more content…
In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed forbidding discrimination on the basis of sex as well as race in hiring, promoting, and firing. It took some time, but we have finally made it. Nevertheless, as you can see from the past, even though a law is written, an amendment always seems to follow and that is what happened in the case of General Electric v. Gilbert, in which the Court held that denial of benefits for pregnancy-related disability was not discrimination based on sex. Women's organizations, feminists, and labor and civil rights advocates went to work and in 1978, an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed by Congress, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, prohibiting employment discrimination against pregnant women. (Encyclopedia.com, 2013) Between these we also had many other significant events which I did not mention here, I end my commentary with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Why did I choose this amendment to end with in 1978 when they continue throughout the years? The reason being my Daughter-in-law is pregnant, due in April. She was just let go from her current employment and told it was due to lack of work. She goes to school full time and is a delivery person on the side. She has just found out that they have hired a replacement to fill her position (let me mention that this employee is also male). I guess some employers need to read up on the
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