Women’s Rights are important to me because it’s not right for one gender to
be superior over the other.
It’s been a long struggle for women in the United States to gain the same rights
There’s still discrimination.
Men are still making more money than women even though women may work
Women and men are both equal. Every human being is equal. No gender or race
should determine who is superior.
Women’s Rights: The Seneca Falls
In July of 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia
Mott held the very first Women’s Rights convention in Seneca
Falls, New York. 68 women and 32 men had signed a
Declaration of Sentiments. Women have been discriminated in
economic, religious, social, and political life. Woman demanded
all the rights that men have and that includes the right to vote.
National Woman’s Rights
The very first meeting was in
Worcester, Massachusetts with over 1,000 men
and women. Speeches were given on equal
wages, education, career
opportunities, marriage, and property rights.
US Constitution; Nineteenth
Passed by Congress February 26, 1869. Ratified February 3, 1870.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States
or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude
The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Reed VS. Reed
A married couple who had separated, Sally and Cecil Reed, had a conflict about
which of them was going to be the administrator of the estate of their
For the first time ever, The United States Supreme Court rules a law that
discriminates woman is unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment.
The Supreme Court ruled that the administrators of estates cannot be named in
a way that discriminates between sexes.
Roe VS. Wade; 1973
This court case struck down a Texas law restricting abortion. It was a
felony for a woman to get an abortion in Texas.
The 14th Amendment extended a woman's decision to have an
abortion, but that right must be balanced against protecting
prenatal life and protecting women's health.
This started the national debate over abortion.
Defense Department Expands Women's
In January 2013, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced
that the ban on women serving in combat roles will be
A letter to Panetta was received from Martin Dempsey
saying, "The time has come to rescind the direct combat
exclusion rule for women and to eliminate all unnecessary
gender-based barriers to service."
Some positions will be available to women right away but the
military has until 2016 to request exceptions to the new
rule. This reverses the 1994 rule that prohibited women
from serving in combat.
Day(also called International Working Women's Day)
On March 8th of every year, Women's Day celebrates women's
economic, political, and social achievements.
Women’s day also gives respect, appreciation and love towards women.
Women's day started as a Socialist political event primarily in Europe.
Russia was included as well. It has lost political flavor in some
regions and is simply a day for men to show their love and affection
Some men thought they are superior to women
and that women were “too good and pure” to
Others believed “women never produced anything
in the world.”
To this day, there are still a few men who show
violence and discrimination towards women.
Impact of Women's Rights
Women weren’t able to do much before Women’s Rights which includes
voting, working, education, etc.
In today’s society, Women aren't nearly discriminated as they used to be.
Women are able to vote and help contribute to our country. Women can
work in jobs that used to be for men only and are able to provide for
themselves without needing a husband. Women have the choice of doing
what they want with their lives. They can be a housewife or a career
woman. Women have the right to an abortion. Woman have simply
came a long way since the 1800s.
Even though the impact of Women’s Rights are so great, women are still
not being paid the same amount as men. Woman make 77 cents
compared to every dollar a man makes.