the changing woman

the changing woman - Shahan, 1 Kathryn Shahan History 102...

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Shahan, 1 Kathryn Shahan History 102 Professor Rosales 11/2/08 The Changing Woman Margaret Sanger, who was the founder of Planned Parenthood in the early 1900’s was quoted as saying, “Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.” 1 Margaret knew that during this time of change, woman was the major source of change in society. During the 1920’s America saw many changes politically, socially, and economically, and the new American woman was finally able to be viewed politically and taken seriously. Before and after the 19 th amendment which was passed into law in 1919, which allowed women the right to vote, women were beginning to create and join political organizations which fought for women’s rights; such as National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), League of Women Voters (LWV) and the National Woman’s Party (NWP) all of which were extremely important to shaping the new woman’s life for them to enjoy in the new era. Women had been fighting to get their right to vote for almost a hundred years, and had started at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. After hard deliberation and debate, the Seneca Falls Convention left every single woman still without the right to vote. This however was not the end of the struggle for the women’s right to vote, in fact it was only the beginning. During the time before and during 1920’s however, society was changing 1 Women’shistory.about.com/MargaretSangerquotes
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and with that politics were beginning to shift and the American woman saw her opportunity to finally get the chance to once again fight for the right that they felt they have deserved since the beginning of time. Women saw themselves as equals, but were never given the opportunity to actually prove to society and to men that they were worth all the effort of fighting for equality. It was obvious that this possibly might be the chance to get the 19 th Amendment to clearly state that women had a right to vote instead of it being unclear and inconcisise, “In 1920, the 19 th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was finally ratified” 2 This was finally clearly the right for women to vote, since the first time the Amendment was taken into the Constitution was not concise and left many questions and rights misunderstood. During the time that women were trying to get the 19
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