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1848 Women rights compared to today 2023

By Jenna Voss

In 1848, women’s rights were very different from what they are today. Women were not allowed to vote, hold political office, or even own property in many parts of the United States. Their role was to serve and listen to men and focus on domestic duties like cooking, cleaning, and taking care of children. Fast forward to today, and the situation for women has improved dramatically from 1848. Women now have gained the right to vote, and they now hold political office at all levels of government. Women now also have the right to own property and have access to a wide range of educational and career opportunities.

During July, 1848, we had the first Seneca Falls convention which was also the first step in the feminist movement. This convention was the first women’s right convention to be held in the United States. There were about 300 people at the convention even thought it didn’t have much publicity. This meeting led to the woman’s suffrage movement which later led to the right for women to vote. The convention organizer was Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Elizabeth and her husband were known for being active abolitionists. This convention led women to fight for equal rights. Later on, in 1849 there was the first national women’s convention; there were more than 1,000 people there. This shows people were taking a stand for equal rights.

Although there have been significant advances, women still face discrimination and inequality in many areas of life today. For instance, gender pay remains an issue, and women are underrepresented in various fields, such as science, technology, engineering and math. There is an urgent need for continued action to address these challenges and make sure that women have equal opportunities and are treated fairly in every aspect of today’s society. Reproductive rights have been an issue since 1848 and are still a problem today. Moreover, many women lack access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare services, which has a significant impact on their overall health and well-being.

Gender-based violence is another area where women continue to face significant challenges. Despite increased awareness and efforts to address issues such as sexual harassment and assault, women still experience high rates of violence in the United States and globally. Today, there is still gender based violence but women are working hard to prevent that from continuing. Women continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of women and work towards creating a society where all women can live free from violence and discrimination.

In summary, while there have been improvements in the situation for women since 1848, there is still a long way to go. Women have achieved significant gains in areas such as voting rights, political representation, and access to education and career opportunities. However, they still encounter significant challenges in areas such as pay equity, reproductive rights, and gender-based violence. It is required for all of us to continue to fight for change and to work towards a more fair and equitable society that values and respects the rights of individuals, regardless of gender.

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