Women : Women And Sexism

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Frances Bañares Professor Trisha Herrera English 1A April 4, 2016 Women and Sexism in Politics Women first gained the right to vote on August 26, 1920 with the 19th amendment was approved, giving women full voting rights. Fortified by the constitutional victory in 1920, the handful of new women in Congress embarked on what would become a century-long journey to broaden women’s role in government. In the intervening years, the drive for more women’s rights encompassed the lives of the next generations of women. Even today, women are still fighting for their rights and stand up against prejudice. On the forefront of this movement are our women congresswomen who speak on behalf of all women. When Hillary Clinton announced her presidential candidacy, controversial questions immediately surfaced about the role of gender in politics. Through Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008 and 2016, media is the principal propagator in showing bias and sexism. Although Hillary was the first woman to run for presidency, she was definitely not the first to enter the political world. Many had preceded before her and paved the way for future generations of women to have their political voice.The first woman in congress was Jeanette Rankin. She was elected to the house of representative in 1916; four years after women gained the right to vote. Rebecca Felton became the first woman to serve in the U.S senate in 1922. However, she only served for 24 hours before another successor was

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