Women's Rights

Women's Rights

Women's Rights

Women's Rights

Synopsis

"... an excellent, involving title which provides a great deal of documented research on the nature of and changes affecting women's rights in this country". -- The Bookwatch

The women's movement in America is not a recent phenomenon. In this clear and comprehensive reference work, the author chronicles the achievements and setbacks in the 200-year struggle for equality for women. Readers will discover the profound social impact the movement has had on American culture and society as they review a wide variety of topics and events. These range from women's efforts to keep the economy intact during the Revolutionary era to the present-day challenges of sex discrimination and work-related issues. Also featured are the biographies of women who have played key roles in the struggle for women's rights, as well as a fascinating chronology of the women's movement. The text is enhanced with photos and illustrations, and a glossary and detailed bibliography are also included. Women's Rights will give readers new insights into one of the most complicated issues of our time and will help them understand that equality is clearly an ongoing struggle.

Excerpt

Women's Rights, part of the Social Issues in American History Series, was undertaken to provide a concise overview of the issues and ideas that have influenced women's history from the earliest European settlements at Jamestown,Virginia, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, to the most recent events that continue to affect the lives of women today. The women's movement in America is not a new phenomenon peculiar to the I970s and 1980s, contrary to what many younger Americans believe. Women have always been active participants in American life and culture and will continue to remain so. However, though a fully self-conscious women's movement has existed since the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, both historians and the public have pushed the movement into the background of American consciousness from time to time. Thus, every reincarnation of the women's movement, every new effort to deal with the variety of issues that affects women's lives, is treated as a novel idea -- a movement without a past.

Relying on the wealth of histories that deal with various aspects of women's past, this book is intended to provide a fuller explanation of that past to both high school and college students, as well as anyone else interested in how women have influenced American history, culture, and politics. The book is arranged chronologically, though time periods overlap as the women's movement has evolved from one priority to the next. Although the major themes and points of women's history are included in the text, the book was never intended to be a complete history of women in America, including every historical event in which women were involved or that affected them directly. Decisions to leave out some material were made only with an eye to keeping . . .

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