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Prof.Tim GarvinHistory 17012/08/2018Debate over Women's RightsThrough the early American history, different groups and individuals fought over theirrights. Slaves wanted to be free, elite white men wanted to be in control, regular men wanted tovote and of course women couldn’t sit still without asking for something. One of the very knownand serious arguments through the history was the argument over women’s rights. Women playedan important role in society, they were mothers, wives, daughters and they supported men inevery way. However, they came to a point where they felt unjustified. They started asking for theright to participate in building their society like having the right to have jobs and getting paid andthe right to vote. They wanted their voices to be heard. Just like every argument, there were twogroups arguing about women’s rights. The first group were the people who supported women’srights likeGail Hamilton and the other group who were against it like Dr. John Todd. Dr JohnTodd wrote his argument which was called “Women’s rights” and he argued that women cannever be like men. On the other hand, Gail Hamilton (Mary Abigail Dodge) responded to Dr.John Todd by her argument which was called “Women’s Wrongs” trying to prove him wrong.Dr. John Todd started his argument by stating that women and men are very different inthe physical organization. He then states that they are equal in the mind by saying “As to themind, I have no difficulty in admitting that the mind of woman is equal to ours.” However, hiswhole argument is based on the weak physical organization of women and how that is one of themain reasons why women can never be like men. “I reply, you can't, for two reasons; first, God
never designed you should, and secondly, your own deep instincts are in the way. God never

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Spring
Professor
ldouglas
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Civil and political rights, Dr John

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