Women's Liberation Movement

Essay by NataliejdVHigh School, 11th gradeA-, March 2008

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"Analise, discuss and evaluate the nature of the women's liberation/ suffragette movement in the 20th century. To what extend was it successful in achieving its aims? What effect did it have on us today?"Before the 20th century, women had no political rights whatsoever. They belonged 'in the kitchen' as was always said. In the 20th century women started wanting to change things. They wanted to be equal to men and treated equally by men. They wanted the right to vote and started campaigns addressing issues such as reproductive rights (including abortion), domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. This essay will explain when the women's liberation movement started and what they're main aims were. It will also discuss how it has changed us today and to what extend it has been successful.

There is no accurate date when ideas about women's rights started. The movement is generally said to have begun in the 19th century.

The organised movement is dated from the first Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. There was also a special suffragette movement, set up by Emmeline Pankhurst. She was very devoted and passionate towards 'the cause' as they called it. "She dedicated her life to women's struggle, and was not afraid of vocalizing opinions and using bold methods to achieve her goal." Suffragettes aimed to reveal the institutional sexism in British society. They're organization was called the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). All over the world different organizations were founded at different times. In China certain social groups started with anti foot binding for girls and set up the first girls school in Shanghai.

The main aims of women were to gain the right to vote, have an equal pay for equal work as men and to...