Women's Rights Essay Plans

3 key questions about Women's Rights in USA

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How far do you agree that divisions within the women's movement were the most important factor hindering the attainment of
gender equality in the USA in the period from 1865 to 1992?
Introduction: Say divisions were important (not committed to cause- HOW important?). Introduce other factors like the government,
feminists- radical feminists (raised suspicion)/anti-feminists, war and immigrants.
Para 1- Divisions- determine the importance of the different splits in the campaign; traditional women, middle-class, working-class, prohibition
movement, ERA, and immigrants. Conclude only referring to this factor and its impact.
Para 2- Government's role- how did they hindered mvt (Sexist amendments and Cornstock Laws)? How did they help; introduced good
amendments- 19th- voting rights, the Supreme Court eventually ruled abortion legal to do by choice. Conclude this section.
Para 3- Anti-feminists were an obstacle how (keep women at home- rejected separate spheres theory). They helped the movement by gaining
attention from public. Write a conclusion about factor.
Para 4- War hindered progress as nobody noticed their work effort because everybody was on the warfront. Perhaps it helped to some extent
since women had jobs so gained independence and became more passionate about making changes. Conclude the impact of conflict.
Para 5- Immigrants were a hindrance since they were prepared to work for a low wage and they `stole' jobs. They helped in a sense that more
people joined the cause. Conclude.
Conclusion: Most important obstacle was the divisions in the civil rights movement.

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Assess the view that the Second World War was the most significant turning point in the quest for women's rights between 1865
and 1992
Intro: WW2 made clear for many women that they wanted to remain in paid employment rather than return to their domestic life. So this
boosted the feminist movement and possibly could be considered a turning point but other factors bear more significance.…read more

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To what extent was feminism a significant force in enabling women to gain civil rights and increase opportunities for women between 1865 and
Intro: Feminism was a significant force but there were other factors that hold equal importance/ perhaps more. Women failed to unite their movement to
successfully pursue their rights- deep divisions weakened their impact and many opposed the cause.
Early feminists fought for the vote and social reform and gained the vote in 20 states by 1918.…read more


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