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Women's History

Hello,

I have a question and I was referred to your site for more information.

I am looking for information concerning women's rights. How would you compare women's rights from the 1850's to now in 2005?

I know in the 1850's women were mostly focused on getting black Americans the right to citizenship, putting an end to slavery, and on getting all American women the right to vote.

Any other information will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Malinda

 

Malinda --

I'm assuming that you are referring specifically to the US -- and I would say that the main distinction is that then -- they were focused on securing basic rights of citizenship for women -- and today women have that right and are trying to extend it to equality under the law -- mostly that would be symbolized through an Equal Rights Amendment.

Also, I think that then -- there was a push mostly to work with the government to include women - and today, women are pressuring the government, but other aspects of society, too. I hope that helps.

- Amy