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The History and Struggles of the Women of America Essay

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  • on December 5, 2012
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The History and Struggles of the Women of America

      Since the early times, women have been identified as the main sources of human life and as well as the prime sources of sin, temptation, and sadness. Evidence of these misogynistic feelings can be found in Greek Mythology and in early Christian theology. Pandora was created for retaliation against Prometheus and she had spread sickness and the evils we have on earth by opening Zeus’ forbidden box.   Latin Church father (influential religious figures from the first eight centuries of the church), St. Jerome declared that women were dangerous objects that will lead you to the path of evil[1]. Women were their husbands’ property and their occupational and educational avenues were very limited. When a couple would divorce in colonial times, women were left with nothing and their husbands had full custody of their children. Before the early decades, there were no high schools or universities for women and an elementary education was what most women received. Men saw women as weaklings who were incapable of performing activities that required the muscle and mind. Women also received half the salary men had and formal training for occupations excluded them. Women started fighting for their right to suffrage because they believed that it was unjust that black men could vote while they could not. They formed the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and persuaded local governments to grant them suffrage. Their efforts were successful at first and later failed. More travelled and educated women joined and proposed to use daring tactics they learned from British women suffragists. Others opposed this and believed that they should commit to convincing legislatures. Despite the division, women still won their right to vote in 1919 and changed their roles and earned respect in society by receiving an education, getting an occupation, and being assertive.

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