Critcal Evaluation- Now We Can Begin

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Critical Evaluation Essay: Now We Can Begin Women fought for years for the right to be seen as an equal with men as well as working to change laws in America that would give them equal rights to men. Women campaigned for many years in order to push their ideas through to congress and to get the public to see what they were working so hard to gain. They would use words like inequality and inferior to catch the public’s attention. Eastman wrote in her article, “Now We Can Begin” about the struggles that women faced once women’s rights were passed under the 19th Amendment of the Constitution. Eastman makes it clear to her readers, that no matter the stance a woman takes on the women’s rights movement, a true feminist will always fight for what she believes in with courage and strength. Eastman states, “In fighting for the right to vote most women have tried to be either non-committal or thoroughly respectable on every other subject. Now they can say what they are really after; and what they are after, in common with all the rest of the struggling world, is freedom” (Eastman). Women fought for many years for their rights, women including Susan B Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Stanton and many more. For years these women worked hard as activists for women’s rights and in August of 1920 the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. The amendment stated that, ““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 sex” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.””( Eastman wrote her article, “Now We Can Begin” in 1920 to show her audience that not only did women just win the right to vote but now women had a voice that could be and would be heard. Having grown up before 1920 and seeing the little respect that women had,

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