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This paper addresses the history of women's rights over the past century in the United States. The paper holds that the road toward equality for women has been extensive and complex. It includes a discussion on their right to vote in 1920 with the Nineteenth Amendment and the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, which made it illegal to discriminate anyone on account of sex. The paper points out that, today, women are active members of the military, belong to congress, play all sports and are successful in careers that were once only available to men. The paper concludes that the Equal Rights Amendment has been an important stepping stone towards equality for women.
From the Paper:"When women first were allowed to enter the United States military their roles were restricted to what at the time was considered to be a female occupation. "The government actively recruited women for the military service non-combative service only" (Ching & Ching, 2001). Before the acceptance of women in the military women created groups like WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) or WASP (Women's Auxiliary Service Pilots). These groups would assist in duties which sometimes were as dangerous as their counterparts however they did not receive the any military benefits, such as pension or insurance (Ching & Ching, 2001). The attitude towards women in the military did not change much an in the 70's the discriminations only amplified. In fact, well known Naval and Air Force Academies refused to allow women to enter using as an excused that it was not necessary since women were only able to perform non-combative service in the United States military (Ching & Ching, 2001)."
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Women's Rights (2008, July 28) Retrieved April 23, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/women-rights-106138/
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