Women’s Rights in the United States: Where Do We Stand?

The United States is a country that prides itself on being the land of equality, but in reality, there are many inequalities. One example of inequality is gender discrimination and violence against women i.e women’s rights. However, women make up more than half the population in America; therefore, we should be given equal representation and opportunities to succeed. This blog post by George Mandell will discuss how giving women power would benefit our society and what we can do to change this reality for future generations.

Benefits of Giving Rights to Women

There are many benefits to giving women rights in the United States. Women who have power tend to feel more empowered and confident, which leads to fewer stress levels throughout their lives. Giving them equal rights will allow them to stand against abusive relationships or work conditions without fearing that they won’t support themselves if they leave.
There are many other benefits as well, including but not limited too: empowering future generations of girls with these same freedoms, creating happier families by allowing mothers freedom from feeling trapped at home while children need constant supervision, having healthier populations due to improved mental health thanks empowerment through equal opportunities, etc. So there are endless reasons why granting US women additional legal protection would benefit everyone’s way of life!

When did women get rights in the United States?

Women have been fighting for their rights since before it was even legal to do so. Despite this, they are still not seen as equal under the law or by society at large. Many people feel that giving more power to women is a wrong move, but here are some benefits of doing so.

Women Rights Movements in the United States

  • Women’s suffrage movement in the early 20th century women won the right to vote.
  • Civil Rights Movement: African Americans also fought for equality and civil rights. Women began participating in protests against racial inequality, which advanced their sympathy toward other groups that still needed help achieving equal treatment under the law. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated during this period. Still, his work continued by Coretta Scott King, who founded The National Voting Rights Museum located in Selma, Alabama, where her husband had made great strides for voting rights through nonviolent protest action.
  • 1963 March on Washington – 200k people joined together to march from Lincoln Memorial to Capitol Hill demanding jobs and freedom (jobs were because many black men/women could not get jobs because of their skin color and freedom was to achieve equal rights as white people).
  • Black Panther Party for Self Defense – founded in 1966, has roots in the civil rights movement. They wanted to change through violence instead of using nonviolence action that Martin Luther King Jr used. The group is known for its focus on issues such as police brutality, poverty, and health care within African-American communities.

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), one of the most influential women’s organizations in 19th-century America. Advocated for women’s suffrage because they were primarily white and middle class. However, many African American leaders criticized them as “paternalistic” supporters of a corrupt status quo that led to black disfranchisement. The WCTU argued against this view by pointing out its efforts to reach across racial boundaries, with interracial support groups such as the Colored Women’s Department established in 1883 under Frances Willard’s leadership.

The Equal Rights Association

The Equal Rights Association was formed during the Civil War era by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She believed women should be treated equally under the law like black slaves were given freedoms after the emancipation proclamation; some believe this caused a split between her and Susan B Anthony, who thought it would not help advance suffrage.
When the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, women could now vote. It gave them a voice to fight for their rights under the law and public policy.

The Equal Rights Amendment

It is an amendment proposed every year beginning in 1923 until it passes. Ensuring equal legal protection of both sexes by changing article 14, section I of the United States Constitution. Many people believed that because men were drafted into war during the conflict, this made sense; others felt they might be forced to share draft spots with men if given these rights. Because there should not be any difference between genders giving all individuals equality under the law like black slaves once had. Women fought hard against ERA but eventually lost the battle when Phyllis Schlafly led the STOP ERA. An organization of women did not believe they needed to be drafted into war because men were already doing it.

What rights women do not have?

There are several rights that women aren’t entitled to. For example, a woman isn’t allowed to have an abortion in the US. It’s because she doesn’t want a baby boy or girl. Also, women aren’t allowed to serve in combat roles. It means that women aren’t allowed to die for their country. On the other hand, women’s civil rights leaders were influential in the struggle for equality. And responsible for many women’s gains.

There are still areas where equal rights can be improved, such as better workplace protections from discrimination or harassment. At the same time, there is a federal law against this behavior. Unfortunately, it does not do enough to protect workers who need more immediate ways to stand up for their safety at work. Some places have taken steps towards ensuring that businesses have policies on how they handle these complaints. Still, others punish those attempting to report dangerous work conditions if they want a fair deal out of a claim! It should never happen anywhere because no one deserves to feel unsafe.

Final Words

The best way to overcome the obstacles that still exist for women in this day and age is by building a strong sense of community. It can be done through advocating for one another, supporting each other’s businesses, joining social groups. Where you feel safe (and welcomed), or even just making an effort to get more involved in your local politics. Women are powerful beings who deserve equal rights under the law and should not have to fight alone. Our voices will be heard, but it’s up to us to do the work of making that happen.

George Mandell

George Mandell Launching 2nd career in Public Policy after 25+ years in mortgage banking. - Trying to give back and make things right. Completed MPA degree in 2017. I would like to work for the Biden-Harris Administration Digital Information Team, The Meidas Touch, the DNC, or others of similar viewpoints. Battling Republican disinformation, corruption, and conspiracy theories are critical to winning the 2022 Midterms. So Democrats can Build Back Better. And not have the USA slide backward under Republican leadership.

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