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This paper discusses two major organized efforts by women to achieve greater rights. The paper examines the first effort that began around the mid-nineteenth century when women in the United States and elsewhere campaigned to gain suffrage, the right to vote and lasted until the 1920s when several countries granted women suffrage. The second effort discussed in the paper, gained momentum during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, when the struggle by African-Americans to achieve racial equality inspired women to renew their own struggle for equality.
From the Paper:"Throughout the history of Western civilization, cultural beliefs allowed women only limited roles in society, such as mothers and wives, and it was believed that women were intellectually inferior to men (Women's pp). Women shared the same disadvantages with the majority of working class men, since many social, economic, and political rights were restricted to the wealthy elite (Women's pp). During the late eighteenth century, political theorists and philosophers asserted that all men were created equal and thus entitled to equal treatment under the law, and when in the nineteenth century, governments in Europe and North America began drafting new laws guaranteeing equality among men, large numbers of women began demanding equal rights as well (Women's pp). However, this was also during the Industrial Revolution which tended to further divide the roles of men and women, since more men worked outside the home in factories, the rightful place for women was in the home (Women's pp). "
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Women's History (2005, November 29) Retrieved August 09, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/women-history-62527/
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