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Transcript of Womens Rights
In the 90's, women rights was a complex issue.
The right for women to terminate pregnancies was first being addressed.
The right for women to join the military, specifically active combat.
Women's role in religious leadership.
Social Security benefits
The Glass Ceiling Commission was established in 1991, securing women to advance in their workplace, if qualified.
The Vietnam Women's Memorial was built in Washington, D.C. in 1993.
The Violence Against Women Act was passed in 1994, which provides funding toward investigation and the prosecution of violent crimes against women specifically.
The first woman to serve as Secretary of State in 1998.
Dr. Edward Clarke stated, “A woman’s body could only handle a limited number of developmental tasks at one time – that girls who spent to much energy developing their minds during puberty would end up with undeveloped or diseased reproductive systems.”
Most colleges were only for men
1836- Wesleyan College was the first to accept women but was a solely women's school
1837- Oberlin College was the first to accept both men and women.
Weren't allowed to make wills
Weren't allowed to control their wages
When they married they became property of men
Divorced women were shunned by society
NWSA was formed by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Advocated easier divorce, an end to discriminatory employment, and pay
AWSA was formed- mainly concerned with accomplishing vote.
1890- Combined to form NAWSA
Women's Suffrage Groups
In the 80's the sexual harassment of women was a growing problem.
Women who claimed they were sexual harassed were either ignored, or even forced from their jobs for filing a complaint.
In 1980, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission set new guidelines prohibiting sexual harassment the workplace.
In 1986, the Meritor Savings Bank vs. Vinson case, supreme court rules sexual harassment as a form of illegal work discrimination.
In 1987, only 15% on women reported their harassers, in fear of losing their job, or being denied a promotion. 52% ignored the harasser, or did nothing.
1982- Women were allowed into the Airforce Test Pilot School
1991- Women were allowed to fly in combat
Gave women the right to vote
Many thought that women should concern themselves with home, children, and religion
Some women went to college
Nursing and teaching were "suitable "professions for women
Equal Rights Amendment-1923
Alice Paul argued that the 19th amendment alone wouldn't end sexual discrimination
This amendment ensured equal rights to women
Was never passed
Media attacked working women
Women were viewed as stealing jobs from men
Some women were forced into jobs by their husbands
Very low wages
African American women had the most trouble finding jobs during this time
Women's clothing was much more conservative during this time
Reflected the poverty and depression of the time
Shorter skirts were looked down upon as scandalous once again
Detroit Housewives' League
Founded 1930 by Fannie Peck
1935 burned a meatpacking house
protested high prices
NWP was the more militant part of the women's suffrage movement
January, 1917- Picketed the White House
Complained that government supported democracy abroad but not at home
People viewed NWP as unpatriotic
Picketers began to be arrested for disrupting traffic
Long Prison sentences in unsanitary conditions
2,000 women picketed and 500 were arrested
Women begin to do men's work because the men were gone
Women contribute to the war effort
Worked in factories, ammunition plants, and shipyards
Gave women the taste of complete liberty
Being single and pregnant was unacceptable during this time
Birth Control became more common to use
Pay became more equal
Women were allowed more freedom in how they dressed
More skin showing
Join the union, girls, and together say Equal Pay for Equal Work.
-Susan B. Anthony
The US ranks #72 globally, for number of women in the Government
Women make up 15% of the US Senate
Women are still in a battle for the right to terminate pregnancies
It is still illegal for women to join the Infantry. The Marines says to accept women in 2015, the Army still refuses.
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