Role of Women 1500-Present Day

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Role of Women 1500-Present Day His 104 Prof. Steven Brownson

Role of Women 1500-Present Day

Early portrayal of the role of women was of domestic nature, dominated my men. Influenced by religion, culture, and world events, the role of women is ever-changing. In this paper I will look at the evolution of women; their role in society from historical periods to contemporary historical periods through out the world. I will highlight the fight for women’s rights and look at how future women benefited from it.

Early Mesopotamian Society
Women’s role in early society was much like slaves. They
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British women, Mary Astell and Mary Wollstone Craft drew from Enlightenment ideas about liberty and equality.
Although they played crucial roles in the revolutions of the late eighteen and nineteen centuries, they did not win political or social rights. “In France, where women did gain rights to property, education and divorce in the early years of the revolution, they were consistently denied the right to vote or to hold public office. In other lands, women never gained as much as they did in revolutionary France. In the United States and the independent states of Latin America, revolution brought legal equality and political rights only for adult white men, who retained patriarchal authority over their wives and families.” (Bentley, Ziegler, Streets, 2008).
The Women’s Rights Movement marks July 13, 1848 as its beginning. Championed by Elizabeth Cady Slanton and a group of like minded women, discontent with the limitations placed on women. They put in motion plan for the first Women’s Right Convention. They called “A convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman.” The gathering would take place at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls on July 19 and 20, 1848.
The convention birthed the Declaration of Sentiments, which met resistance and backlash a day after the inception. The women were ridiculed publicly, but many stood firm and the movement expanded.
The campaign for women suffrage


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