Rise of Feminism and Women Rights During the WW1 Essay

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U.S. AFTER 1865


In the period during World War 1, the place of the women was in chemical plants, steel foundries, and munitions factories as a way of serving their country. After the creation of the Army Corps of Nurses, many women went abroad as nurses, and this gave them strong moral arguments for their voting rights. Women tactics and immoral way of treatment forced the Congress to act on the issue, and it was on August 26, 1920, that President Wilson declares his favor on women suffrage. From this day on, the style of women changed and between 1910 and 1920, many women were present in the labor force. Moreover, a notable difference was also evident in the kind of works the women engaged in, and this led to the decrease in the number of female household servants, dressmakers, farmhands, and cooks. Nonetheless, an increase in women bankers, doctors, social workers, police and probation officer and hairdressers was noted (Tindall & Shi, 2010).

The 1920s also marked a new period for females because they found new freedom in the modernizing of American urban culture.

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Two of women's greatest movement, temperance, and suffrage were brought to life, and this changed gender politics in society. The women witnessed new challenges about gender status quo, which mostly affected the cultural sphere. As such, women from the urban places enjoyed their fruits of new mass-production of the consumer economy; they adopted new styles and lifestyles, and this pushed traditional limits (Kramarae & Spender, 2004).

During this period, gender politics of women saw a shift as women became trained about sex and their sexuality and this enabled them to seize great control over their bodies and lives. The contraception gospel spread and this was a form of liberation for women.

Feminism is a term that came into use in the 1910s and looked at issues of marriage, sexuality, the workplace and the home, which were all beside the suffrage issue. In 1910, the Women's Political Union manage to organize the first women suffrage parade in New York City and later in 1911, the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage (NAOWS) was structured. Mrs. Dodge Arthur led the movement. The members included influential and wealthy women, brewers and distillers, Catholic.....

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Kramarae, C. & Spender D. (2004). Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women's Issues and Knowledge. New York: Routledge

Tindall, G. B. & Shi, D. E. (2010). America A Narrative History, 8th (ed.). New York: WW Norton & Company

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