Women 's Fight For Equality

1410 Words Nov 30th, 2014 6 Pages
Women’s fight to achieve equality was, and still is, a long and hard battle. Earning the right to vote in 1920, although no small task, only marked what is considered to be the beginning. The women who pushed for their rights in the mid-1800s were not thought to be respectable or proper at the time, much like the more politically active feminists of today. Fortunately, many preferred to fight for their rights rather than be considered proper. Though the achievement of suffrage is considered the beginning, women were fighting for representation, however subtly, long before the twentieth century. In Colonial America, and a few decades after the formation of the United States, an individual woman often fought for equal rights for herself, such as adopting business interests of a husband after his death. During the war for America’s independence, women began forming groups to boycott British goods among other activities. In the nineteenth century women and men were considered to be in “separate spheres” in the natural order of society. Between 1750 and 1850 the transition into agrarian society caused a shift in these spheres that put men and women on somewhat equal ground, labor-wise. A farms success depended on an equal amount of a full day of work from both the husband and wife. Industrialization presented women with small amounts of free time they had not previously been accustomed to. With factories doing what women had usually been left to do at home, they now had…
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