Feminist Activism: American Feminist History

Feminism: the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those men.

Feminist: advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men (often offered to call people)

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Seneca Falls Convention was the first women’s rights convention that was held in United States. It was “a convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious conditions and rights of woman.” In this convention, The Declaration of Sentiment, a document that pitied the women who were suppressed by men, was publicized and was signed by 68 women and 32 women, who attended the convention. Through this convention, many people were able to recognize the problem of the lost feminism. In fact, Seneca Falls Convention was followed by a series of conventions, such as Rochester Women’s Rights Convention. In Rochester Women’s Rights Convention, some violated rights of women such as right to vote and rights of working women were discussed. Eventually, these conventions became the strong base of the other future women rights movements.

Throughout these conventions, the Acts that somehow liberated women from the restrictions were formed. 19th Amendment, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Education Amendments of 1972, and The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 are such examples. These Acts and Amendments amended that American women were allowed to vote, prohibited discrimination on the bases of sex in educational institutions, served for victims of rape and domestic violence, allows women to seek civil rights remedies for gender-related crimes, and provided training to increase police and court officials’ sensitivity.

There were and are many acts, movements, and conventions that stood up for women’s rights. Thanks to the people who stood up against the violated rights, women living in these days are able to have the rights that was forbidden in the past.



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