Feminist And Civil Rights Movement Essay

1642 Words May 18th, 2016 7 Pages
There were many characteristics and literary elements that defined literature in the early nineteenth century, one of the most prominent being that the world of literature was dominated solely by male writers. It was not until the end of the nineteenth century that women were able to leave their mark through writing during the fin de siècle era. Women contributing to the world of literature resulted in many social and cultural changes such as the disintegration of defined gender roles, the feminist movement, and the civil rights movement.
Around the same time of the fin de siècle movement, the feminist and civil rights movements had also begun. According to Parliament, the civil rights movement began in 1897 with the establishment of National Union of Women 's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) which was led by Millicent Fawcett (Parliament, n.d.). Women who belonged to the NUWSS were trying to break away from their subordinate and submissive role and have a voice in legislation. They approached the situation non-violently and started lobbying, the act of peaceful protesting with the goal of changing legislation.
After the NUWSS failed to bring political and legislative change, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WPSU) developed and took a more liberal approach. Women were so desperate to have their voices heard that some political tactics of the WPSU included hunger strikes and destruction of property (Parliament, n.d.). The campaign was temporarily derailed during World War…

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