Women 's Rights During The Nineteenth Century

1171 Words Dec 9th, 2015 5 Pages
Today, women benefit from many basic rights such as voting and the ability to own property while married. But in the 1800s, females struggled to achieve these rights and the status of citizenship. However, women were not meant to obtain the rights to citizenship, or at least, not in a society that had never included women in the definition of citizenship. As a result, the debate of women’s equality grew to be one of the biggest issues in the nineteenth-century. As a male-dominated society continued to influence others, to strike fear onto others, and to establish women’s position in the law, women’s rights in America became a major controversial subject in the nineteenth-century because women were on the verge of shattering the preexisting definition of citizenship.

As women began to fight for citizen-like freedoms, men used their existing power to influence others into thinking women were not considered citizens. In a response to the many “Woman’s Rights Conventions” appearing during the 1840s, a document entitled “Women out of their Latitude” went to great lengths to explain how swapping gender roles would “demoralise, and degrade from their high sphere and noble destiny, women of all respectable and useful classes”. This “noble destiny” is the source of the problem. The male’s perspective of a woman’s “destiny” was widely accepted in this society because it was, in fact, a society dominated by men, allowing the perspective of a man to be more public and reach a…
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