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Catherine Classen

Mrs. Shumate

English II

15 May 2017

The conditions contributed to womens suffrage in the 1920s

The book I am reading for our English Project is The Secret School by Avi. Its about, a

fourteen year old girl named Ida Bidson who lives in the 1920's. She lives on a farm with her

younger brother Felix, mom, and dad in Elk Valley, Colorado. Her school is a one room class and

the teacher Miss. Fletcher teaches 2nd grade all the way to 8th grade. When Miss. Fletchers

mom gets sick and she has to leave, the principal is going to close down the school. Ida is very

determined to finish the eighth grade and move on to high school. Everyone in her class thinks

that she is very smart, mature, and responsible and the class votes on her to be the new teacher.

The Principal does not think girls need an high school education. This part in the book is related

to womens rights in the 1920s women had a very different role in society.

New womens rights movements emerged during the Industrial Revolution. The

Enlightenment with its egalitarian political emphasis, and the Industrial Revolution, which

caused economic and social changes, provided a favorable climate for the rise of feminism, along

with other reform movements in the late 18th and the 19th centuries (Funk & Wagnalls). During

the Enlightenment movement, social, and economical changes allowed for feminism to rise.

(Funk & Wagnalls). Womens status finally started to change during the Enlightenment
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movement, which allowed for the feminist movement to rise. All these womenand men, too

had come to stand up for womens rights. Women in the 1800s held very few of the rights they

enjoy today (Anderson, Jennifer). Men and women in the 1800s had to stand up for womens

rights. Women in the 1800s had few of the rights that they have today (Anderson, Jennifer).

Women in the 1800s, for example, had very few of the rights that they enjoy today.

Women should be treated equally to men all over the world. Womens organisations all

over the world use these agreements in their lobbying and campaigning against gender inequality

(Terry, Geraldine). Womens organisations all over the world use the rights facts in their

campaigning against gender inequality (Terry Gerdaine). The idea that people have rights is

something we take for granted and we should remember how women used to be treated. Adopted

in 1945, the Charter of the United Nations sets out as one of its goals to reaffirm faith in

fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, [and] in the equal

rights of men and women (United, Nations). This article is important because it talks about the

need for laws to be set to have women be equal to men around the world (United, Nations).

Women should be treated equal to men and work together on fixing the equality problems facing

our society.

Womens rights have come a long way since the 1920s. They have earned the right to

vote, go to school and be equal to men. It took a long time to reach equality for women and the

issue spent a lot of time in court creating laws that would make women equal to men in all

aspects of life.
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Works Cited

Anderson, Jennifer Joline. Women's Rights Movement. Abdo Publishing, 2013. Essential
Library of Social Change. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?
direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=609275&site=ehost-live.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia . Women's Rights . N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2017.

Terry, Geraldine. Women's Rights. Pluto Press, 2007. Small Guides to Big Issues.
EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?
direct=true&db=e020mna&AN=329587&site=ehost-live.

United, Nations. Women's Rights Are Human Rights. United Nations Publications, 2014.
EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?
direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=993700&site=ehost-live.