The Feminist Movement Has Changed American Culture Essay

1082 Words Jun 17th, 2016 5 Pages
The feminist movement has changed American culture for the better. It is thanks to the hard work of many dedicated individuals that women enjoy the rights and freedoms they have today. If it weren’t for this concerted, effort women would still be kept to the home, unable to own property, obtain legal representation, control their rate of reproduction, or receive equal pay and wages.
Even if women still aren’t on equal footing with men, they have made great societal progress through action and activism. The first half of this activism focused on the legal status of women as seen in the construction of the Married Women’s Property Acts in the early 19th century, the election of Jeannette Rankin to Congress in 1916, the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The latter goals of the feminist movement focused on a shift of the societal role and rights of women, as exemplified in the creation of Title IX in 1972, the adjudication of Roe v. Wade in 1973, and the initiation of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009.
The married women’s property acts were a series of laws which abolished the common law practice of coverture. Up until the 1850s, in certain states, this practice forbade married women from controlling their own property. A woman couldn’t receive credit for her own work. Any of her earnings would be controlled by her husband, and anything she invented would be attributed to him.
Women were essentially the chattel of their husbands. Even if the man was neglectful,…

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