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Danielle Elrod Elrod 1 English 1101 Yildiz Essay 3 Women’s Rights: All Men Created Equal? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines women’s rights as, “legal, political, and social rights for women equal to those of men . ” (“Merriam-Webster”) . Since the mid-eighteen hundreds, the fight for women’s rights has been on the rise . Women’s rights are an important issue to me. This is not only because I am a woman, but because I also believe in equal rights towards all human beings; regardless of sex, race, etc . Despite the fact that a large majority of discrimination has been outlawed in the United States, there is still segregation in the work place, when it comes to salary, in government, and in other parts of the world . The first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848 . After the conference 68 women and 32 men signed “The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions . This was based on the American Declaration of Independence and the Sentiments “demanded equality with men before the law, in education and employment . ” (Imbornoni) . The fight for women’s rights has obviously been around for a very long time; 1998 marked the 150 th anniversary of the women’s rights movement (“National Women’s History Project”) .
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Elrod 2 When the women’s rights movement began the Declaration of Sentiments listed all of the ways the original writer’s believed they were wronged in society . The writers went into specifics: Married women were legally dead in the eyes of the law Women were not allowed to vote Women had to submit to laws when they had no voice in their formation Married women had no property rights Husbands had legal power over and responsibility for their wives to the extent that they could imprison or beat them with impunity Divorce and child custody laws favored men, giving no rights to women
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