Women's Rights

Women's Rights refers to the long fight to secure equal societal privilege for women to that given naturally to men. While the first thought quickly goes to suffrage, there are numerous other rights that women have been fighting for, such as: the right to serve in the armed forces, rights to be protected from rape and jail perpetrators, the right to open/run businesses and have careers, the right to an education, and innumerable other rights that many men take for granted.

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Women's Rights
Holidays and Traditions

When did International Women’s Day start?

International Women’s Day (IWD) was born out of women’s rights activism in the early 20th century. Its roots can be traced back to a 1908 demonstration for women in New York City—15,000 women marched through the streets advocating for better pay and shorter hours in addition to the right to vote.

Then, in 1909, National Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in the U.S. as an extension of these activists’ work. National Women’s Day was observed on the last Sunday of February until 1913, but the first official IWD was held in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. It was transferred to March 8 in 1913, and it was celebrated by the United Nations for the first time in 1975.

US Presidents
William H. Taft
Women's Rights

Did William Howard Taft believe in women's rights?


Women in History
Women's Rights

Why did the professors insist that the vote on Elizabeth Blackwell's admission be unanimous?

The admission of Blackwell was unanimous because the students vote yes and because the professors thought that a majority of students will be against that a girl will come to a Medical School.

World War 2
WW2 Homefront
Women's Rights

What were women's roles in World War 2?

In the Second World War, the traditional roles of stay at home moms mostly had to be suspended so the country could keep the war well supplied with medical supplies, food, uniforms, guns and everything else. Many women had non-traditional roles which usually would have been carried out by men. Women supported the war front from the home front doing war plant jobs and other jobs. They worked in factories, making ammunition, repairing planes/aircraft. Many wives had to run their husband's businesses. Farmer's wives worked the family farms with the help of farm hands.

This was a huge learning experience for managers of plants and factories--all men. Male managers often resented having to teach and supervise ~women~. However, women workers saw it as a challenge-- one they would win. Many women were smarter and more skilled than their male bosses, but women had to often try to "dumb down" to placate their male bosses' egos. However, women proved they could keep up with production time deadlines and that they had the ability and skill to produce products just as excellent as male workers. Many women learned the business side of supervising and managing from their factory jobs--- but these were skills women used every day as stay at home moms! Women in the workplace were not about to give up, despite negative male attitudes toward women. And, the country indeed needed women as workers. The US would not have been able to send all the able-bodied men they sent to war, if women had not been placed in worker roles, or if they had produced inferior products for war!

Women also cooperated with the rationing programs and recycling plans -- they ran these programs in their local communities, not just cooperated with this plan. They bought billions of dollars of War Bonds. Women were the back bone of the victory of the war. See my answers on the links below that shows what they did. This question does not indicated the period of time that affected the roles of women. Since it was put into the category of World War 2 I will tell you that the women in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other nations worked in the war manufacturing plants building war armament and ships, planes and boats. Women and men ineligible to fight in the war were the major reason the Allied Forces won the war. Teens and older girls helped with war bond fund drives along with the women and men running the drives.

Over 300,000 women served in the armed forces doing clerical jobs, nursing jobs or war type jobs such as manning radar stations. In addition they often did the following roles:

  • They may have conscripted to the army - - First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (UK) -known as "FANYs" - Home front during World War II - SPARS (USA) -
  • Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (USA) -known as "WAVES" - Women Airforce Service Pilots (USA) -known as "WASPs"
  • Women in the Russian and Soviet military
  • Women's Army Corps (USA) -known as "WACs"
  • Women's Auxiliary Air Force (UK)
  • Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service (UK) (in which Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II was enlisted)
  • Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (Australia) -known as "WRANS"
  • Women's Royal Naval Service (UK) -known as "Wrens"
  • Women's Royal Army Corps (UK) - Air Transport Auxiliary (UK)
  • Look at Lydmila Pavenchenko - fought in WWII as a sniper. . .she inspired many women in Europe!
  • On the other hand, many other women took the choice of the traditional roles by staying at home with the children, knitting socks for the army, filling sand bags, cleaning up after a bomb attack (all of these took the traditional role of caring) etc. Women who did not do the war work did all the other jobs needed to run the country. Many women had to do childcare for the war workers.

When the war was over many women realized they did not have to be wives/mothers/housekeepers anymore. Some went to college to get professional jobs and others started their own business. Those who could not get professional jobs went for the clerical positions or other types of work.

World War II was the impetus for the 1960s Equal Rights Movement for the women. Men's and Women's daily roles had been forever changed; women would not go back to the way it was.

Some historians who wrote about women's roles in WWII include:

  • Neil DeMarco
  • Carol Harris
  • Professor Penny Summerfield
  • Dr. Corinna Peniston
  • Bird Jean
  • Bethke Elshtain
Crafts for Children
Optical Illusions
Women's Rights

Does Sufism believe in women's rights in Islam?

Sufism is part of Islam . All true sufis practice Islam and shariah . Hence they have no other view , their view is same as is islamic view . Women have rights as mentioned in Qu'ran and Hadith .

Women's Rights

What was the primary goal of women's rights activists during the first half of the nineteenth century?

they wanted everything

World War 1
Politics and Government
Women's Rights

How have womens rights changed since the depression and World War 1?

Women got the right to vote and to work in factories, and also they were allowed, or not looked down on, for wanting to fight in WWII. They were allowed jobs as; armorers, mechanics, fitters, and welders. And in May 1944 they were being sent to combat areas in Europe to train for combat although didn't actually fight for a couple more decades. And they were allowed into the air force, a they went from 11 women to 50 in February 1943. Also women played a role in the naval service. This is the most honest answer you will get.

History of the United States
Women's Rights

What are some good songs about women's rights?

I AM WOMAN by Helen Reddy

Colonial America
Women's Rights

What were the goals of the women's rights movement?

To abolish discrimination in the workplace and in education. Also to pass the Equal rights Amendment that would guarantee gender equality under the law. And to protect reproductive rights, especially the right to an abortion.

US Presidents
Women's Rights

Who was the NOW president from 1987-1991?

molly ward

Labor and Birth
Women's Rights

Should every woman have the right to have a baby?

Yes. I believe everyone(as long they are at legal age and won't treat the child like a servant trashcan) should have a chance to have sex and have a baby.

History of the United States
Women's Rights

Which of these is a focus of the third wave of the women's rights movement?

Equal rights around the world

Academic Writing
Paragraph Development
Women's Rights

What is a good topic sentence for the owmen of womens rights?

It is Susan B. Anthony

Women's Rights

How did women's rights change under Islam?

Islam is the first religion that secured woman rights and called for it; even before the UN woman human rights. Islam assured woman rights in working, inheritance, having own properties and business, marriage/divorce by her own will, equal rights and duties to men, and many other rights.

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Women's Rights

Does every woman have the right to have a baby?

Every female has the right to conceive if she wants and keep the baby if she wants but if proves she is not fit to care for it the society has to step in. if you are a fit parent you have that right. Not if you are unfit since you have no right to hurt a child in any way.

Decade - 1960s
Decade - 1970s
Women in History
Women's Rights

What are 5 issues that concerned women in the 1960s and 1970s about women's rights and equality with men?

Key issues included these: *Control of pregnancy (including the right to legal abortion where appropriate) *Equal pay *Equal opportunities (including the right to maternity leave) *Emphasis on real equality rather than 'formal equality' (on paper) *Domestic violence *Rape Please note that the fact that an issue is listed does NOT mean that it has been 'solved'. Very general issues like 'stereotyping women' and the 'objectification of women' have been omitted in favour of more concrete issues.

History of the United States
Women's Rights

How successful was the women's rights movement?

Very successful after awhile because people started to believe and understand where the women were coming from.

US Presidents
Barack Obama
Women's Rights

Did President Obama pardon Chelsea Manning only because she's a woman?

No. President Obama commuted her sentence only because she committed treason.

History of the United States
Civil Rights Movement
Women's Rights

Who were 3 leaders in womens rights movement?

  1. Susan B. Anthony
  2. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  3. Lucretia Mott
Women's Rights

How did Islam expand womens rights?

By teacing them certain principles and limits compared with men and increasing their respect.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Women's Rights

What did Eleanor Roosevelt do for women's rights?

she did many moms

Women's Rights

Who was the early proponent of women's rights?

Mary Wollstonecraft

Women in History
Women's Suffrage
Women's Rights

What was the goal of the women's rights movement?

so they could have the vote, and be treated like everyone else

Pearl Harbor
Women's Rights

Why were some women opposed to the idea of women's rights?

Women's rights is a joke.

World War 2
US Civil War
War and Military History
Civil Rights Movement
Women's Rights

How did the two world wars affect civil rights including women's rights?

This is only a partial answer: WWI led to the founding of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the UN, which had some declarations on freedoms around the world. WWII was, however, much more influential as it led not only to the birth of the UN but also to the drawing up of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (and the birth of the concept of human rights). While the men were fighting on the front, the women kept the homes and the industries going. Out of necessity, many women managed to work outside the home for the first time properly in industries and jobs that were previously closed to women. Thus there were women in factories, as bus drivers and conductors. Women were also farmers. In most cases, however, the added freedom that women had during WWII came quickly to an end after the war when men returned home from the front and took over their former jobs.


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