The Feminist Movement

The Feminist Movement

Feminist Movement 1

The Feminist Movement
Around the World

Feminist Movement 2

The feminist movement started in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in many parts of the world. Some of the countries are the United States, European, and China. Many steps have been taking toward gender equality around the world but, there is still ongoing effort even today on advances toward gender equality.
The movement for women’s rights started in 1830 by a number of women in the United States and Europe. It was not until 1870 in Britain, 1900 in Germany, and 1907 in France were women able to own their own property. “Many feminist believed that the right to vote was the key to all other reforms to improve the position of women” (Spielvogel, 860). The most important development in the nineteenth century was the increase of married women in the work force. Women in the workforce in the US by 1970 were 62 percent, in Sweden it had increased from 47 to 66 percent between 1963 and 1975. In 1970, 92.5 percent of all women in the Soviet Union held jobs compared to 50 percent in France and East Germany. (Spielvogel, 1045) The participation of women in WWI and WWII help them achieve one of the major aims of the nineteenth century, the right to vote. In 1918 Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, and Czechoslovakia women were granted the right to vote. Women in France and Italy were not allowed to vote till 1945. (Spievogel, 1045)
The feminist movement in the US was split between two groups the American Women’s Suffrage Association, which focused on the vote alone. The other was a more radical National Women’s Suffrage Association (NWSA), lead by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (Carnes and Garraty, 609). “The NWSA put immediate interest of women ahead of everything else” (Carnes and Garraty, 609). In 1890 the two groups were joined together forming the National American Women’s Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Starting in 1869 in...

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