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Women, rights and society

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Women, rights and society Until the end of 18th century there was a large opposition to women's legal and political rights, though some improvements were made, the issue of giving women the vote was still highly opposed. Feminism is linked to the women's movement and is commonly connected with two basic beliefs, that women are disadvantaged because of their sex, and that this disadvantage should be overthrown. Since the nineteenth century women's movement gained a central focus of the campaign for female suffrage and the right to vote. It was Mary Wollstonecraft and Lucretia Mott, who can be considered as the most famous pioneer of women's rights and feminism movement. They made a great impact and influenced nowadays world. Women did great achievement in their rights, but still are not equal to men. The reasons for such inequality go from the history and social structure of the society those days. The history of feminism and women's right movement begins from Mary Wollstonecraft and her "Vindication of the rights of women" (1792). This book written during French revolution was about the equality between men and women what the main idea of a feminist movement is. Mary Wollstonecraft has been called the "first feminist" or "mother of feminism". ...read more.

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The basement for this Declaration was Declaration of Independence of United States. By adding just one word "women" she made her main statement: "that all men and women are created equal". 19th century feminists had many aims: they desired to be able to train for employment to allow them to receive work beyond the home, they sought after equal educational prospects with men, the wanted identical rights in the law, and finally they wanted the right to vote. Having such a right to vote meant that women could vote for a party which would improve the situation that women found themselves in. The campaign for the vote by women is called 'The Women's Suffrage Movement'. The term "suffrage" means "to vote". Despite gains made by women in the second half of the 19th Century there was still large opposition to women's legal and political rights, and although some improvements were made, the issue of giving women the vote was still highly opposed. There were many varied reasons explaining why people opposed the vote for women. Even some women disagreed with the women's rights supporters, saying that politics did not concern women. And the injustice that women receive from men can even be blamed on themselves for raising their sons in that way. Many men also strongly believed that. ...read more.

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Then when they began bouts of violence they lost a lot of their original support. But, we really have to ask did they have any choice? Personally I feel that women did well to patiently wait for 150 years peacefully and that is why I feel they had the vote long before. Today, it may be na�ve to imagine that simply equalizing educational opportunity will ensure true equality for women. But the century after Wollstonecraft was a progression of newly opened doors for women's education, and that education significantly changed the lives and opportunities for women in all aspects of their lives. Without equal and quality education for women, women would be doomed to vision of a separate and always inferior sphere. Even not in all countries, ex. South Arabia, women are still equal to men both in social and family life. And on the contrary, ex. Germany or Britain, women can and become the head of the state. Reading a "Vindication of the Rights of Woman" today, some parts seem relevant to nowadays public and family situations, and others seem archaic. This reflects the great changes in the value society places on women's reason today, as contrasted to the late 18th century; but it also reflects the many ways in which issues of equality of rights and duties are still with us today. ...read more.

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