Progressive Era Through the Great Depression

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Progressive Era through the Great Depression Progressive Era through the Great Depression From the Progressive Era through the Great Depression, the two major historical points to me were the Women’s Right Movement and the Stock Market Crash. The Women’s Right Movement was started to show that women were indeed part of nations move to reform the country. One the most important issues at that time were a woman’s right to vote. Women were no longer at “home”, they were working, being educated, participating in politics. Between 1890 and 1913 two groups were founded to highlight women’s suffrage and to push for reforms including allowing women to vote. Through the hard work and effort of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and the National Women’s Party (MWP) women achieved the right to vote in 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment was passed. The current impact of the women’s suffrage movement in society today is the fair and equal treatment of women, having and sustaining the right to vote, and entering into politics. Although more women today are using the rights that were gained in the 1900’s there is still a long way to go. Issues such as equal pay, “the glass ceiling”, and political involvement are still being fought for. Women today are at least half of the work force while some are also running households. The next major historical turning point was The Great Depression. The Great Depression consisted of three major events, “the stock market crash, internal weakness in the American economy and the European economy” (Shultz, 2012, p. 388). The first major event took place during the years 1929 to 1933 over 9,000 banks closed and business investments were down to half. The gross national product (GNP) dropped down nearly to half as well. Unemployment rates went from “3.2 percent to nearly 25 percent in 1933, some stated were
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