Women's rights

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Discipline:
Social Studies
Subject:
History
Grade:
11

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Women's rights

Before the civil war, the “cult of domesticity” designated women as playing a role only in their home. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, it was believed by many that women were the “moral guardians” or protectors of the home. Poor women were forced to get jobs outside of the home. Some of these jobs included working on a farm; where they had to plow and plant fields. Other women got jobs as domestic servants or laundresses. At the turn of the century, only one out of five women held jobs outside of their home. The other four out of five women would not be content staying inside their homes for the rest of their lives.

Were they successful?

Female reformers utilized this ideology to argue that in order to fully protect their home, they had to be able to move into the public sphere. By doing this, they could use their “moral authority” to speak out and voice their opinion on issues such as public sanitation and education which directly affected the home which they were required to protect. Thousands of women joined local clubs to discuss their beliefs on issues. Highly educated women campaigned for the right to vote and run for office. Two of the major reformers were Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Yes, the moral reformers were successful. Women's suffrage was achieved gradually, starting from a local level and expanding to a national level. More and more women got jobs and moved outside of their homes into the public sphere to voice their opinions. Women's suffrage culminated in 1920 with the passing of the 19th amendment which stated, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

Lasting Impact

Citations

"The Fight for Women's Suffrage." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013."History of Women's Suffrage | Scholastic.com." History of Women's Suffrage | Scholastic.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013."Teaching With Documents: Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment." Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013."Timeline of Women's Suffrage in the United States." Timeline of Women's Suffrage in the United States. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.

Women's Rights

Why did people think this issue needed to be addressed?

Women's Suffrage Movement

What did progressivists do to combat this issue?

Women got the right to vote with the passing of the 19th Amendment. They would eventually gain all the rights which made them equal to men. Today, it is possible for them to climb the social ranks and become politicians, or enroll in the army.


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