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What positive impact did the Women's Rights Movement have on the U.S. society?

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jsj15 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted April 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM via web

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What positive impact did the Women's Rights Movement have on the U.S. society?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM (Answer #1)

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I would have to say that one of the most significant impacts that the Women's Rights Movement had on American Society was to provide a transformative element in how both genders saw one another and themselves.  The Women's Rights Movement was profound in the idea that there can be a normalization and an equalization in what it means to be "American."  Women began to see themselves as more equal to men, demanding "equal pay for equal work" as well as even being in the workforce, in general.  Women began to see themselves as possessing more in terms of options and opportunities.  The "path" for women began to be more varied and more diverse.  At the same time,  I would suggest that one of the strongest impacts that the Women's Rights Movement had on women was to broaden a struggle that sought to transcend issues of race and class.  This was significant because it provided another frame of reference to view American society.  It would be in these domains, those that provided transformative conceptions through which American society could be viewed, where the Women's Rights Movement has positively impacted American society.

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