The Women’s Rights Movement

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Photo of women protesting for rights.

Ashlyn Johnson, Reporter

In 1893, New Zealand was the first country to let women vote on a national level. The movement grew, and women started protesting about it on a global scale. Starting in the early part of the 19th century, women started protesting for their rights in this country. Women in the U.S. were finally given the right to vote due to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. In 1840, Elizabeth Cady Stanton attended the world anti-slavery convention in London but was denied access, along with other female attendees, due to their gender. This indignation led them, eight years later, to organize the first U.S. women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York in which Elizabeth would be the leader. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were the first women to start protesting. They were pioneers of the Women’s Rights Movement in 1891. When men would get drunk, they would abuse their wives and kids, and sometimes women and kids they found off of the street. Women were sick of this mistreatment. 

 

Even today, it is still a problem. If you don’t know, then look at the reason why so many women learn self-defense. Women are too scared to walk down an alley because men have taken control of them. Companies have decided to make self-defense keychains. If you don’t have access to these, you can make your own. I feel like women should have more power because they endure a lot of experiences that men never will. Around a quarter of their fertile lives, they lose a lot of blood, all because they didn’t get pregnant that month. If you don’t like it, then you can leave it. It is absolutely normal for women to menstruate. Expecting a perfect body, like the ones seen so often on Instagram or Tiktok, will never get you anywhere. Women come in all types of shapes and sizes. 

 

Women’s rights are still a very important movement, but it doesn’t seem like some men care about it that much. Just because we can vote doesn’t mean that we aren’t sexually assaulted on a daily basis. Are men consistently catcalled, groped, or threatened? Our movement is central to having true equality for all human beings, and it’s time to stop acting like it isn’t.