The Timeline of the Women's Rights Movement

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Time Line of the Women’s Movement Unit 6 Assignment The long journey to achieving rights for women has been taking place for many years. Since the time in 1848, staggering changes have taken place for women in society. These are changes in the government, religion, politics and employment. These changes did not just happen by themselves; they resulted from the hard work of many dedicated women who refused to give up. These major changes in women’s rights begin approximately 165 years ago. Although there have been many major events in the women’s movement, below is a timeline of four major events that I believe to significant. 1848: Five women, including young housewife and mother Elizabeth Cady Stanton, are having tea when the conversation turns to the situation of women in America. Within a week, they organize a two-day convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., to discuss women's rights. There, participants sign a Declaration of Sentiments, which calls for equal treatment of women and men under the law and voting rights for women. The women's rights movement has begun. (The Post and Courier, 1995-2013). 1916: Margaret Sanger opens the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn and within 10 days is arrested. She continues to fight to establish women's right to control their own bodies and opens another clinic, with legal support, in 1923. (Courier, 1995-2013). 1920: The 19th Amendment is ratified, giving women the right to vote. Charlestonian, Anita Pollitzer was instrumental in its passage. (Courier, 1995-2013). 1973: In Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the Supreme Court declares that the Constitution protects women's right to terminate an early pregnancy, thus making abortion legal. (Courier, 1995-2013). In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a major role model for all women, began her fight for women’s

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