Women's Rights: People and Perspectives, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1598841157
  • ISBN-13: 9781598841152
  • DDC: 305.420973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 296 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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The 19th Amendment secured for women the right to vote in 1920 -- a triumph nearly 80 years in the making. Ratification would never have happened without active widespread support of women across the nation. But as historians have discovered, efforts to gain suffrage and other rights for women throughout America's history have been distinguished not only by unity, consensus and advancement, but by plurality, disagreement, and reversals, as well.

The fight for women's rights was one of the first topics explored by women's historians when the field emerged in the 1970s. Current and authoritative, Women's Rights: People and Perspectives shows just how complex and multifaceted our understanding of that fight has become.

Women's Rights spans the breadth of American history, from Native American women prior to colonization to women during the Revolution, Antebellum period, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age. Coverage of the 20th century moves from the Progressive Era to the Great Depression and World War II; from the emergence of modern feminism to the present. Throughout, it offers fascinating details of ordinary and extraordinary lives while charting the evolving roles of women in American society.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Introduction.
About the Editor and Contributors.
1: Chronology.
2: Native American Women.
3: Women of the Colonial Period.
4: Daughters of Liberty: Women and the American Revolution.
5: Women Reformers and Radicals in Antebellum America.
6: School Girls and College Women: Female Education in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries.
7: Suffragists.
8: Clubwomen, Reformers, Workers, and Feminists of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
9: Modern Women in the 1920s.
10: Women Facing the Emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II: Women's Rights in the 1930s and 1940s.
11: Homemakers and Activists in the 1950s.
12: Feminists of the 1960s and 1970s.
13: Third Wave Feminists: The Ongoing Movement for Women's Rights.
14: Primary Source Documents.