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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 | (Level 3) 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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gsenviro | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 29, 2015 at 1:33 AM (Answer #2)

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Positive Impacts of Women's Rights Movement on US Society

The greatest impact of the Women's Rights Movement on the US society was the changed perception of the role of women in society. Women's role have traditionally been confined to the household and her duties included household chores and raising children. She had an inferior position in social, religious, political and economic life.

With the Rights Movement, society began to perceive women's changing roles in the world. The Rights Movement demanded equal representation for equal taxes; since women were taxed equal to men, they demanded equal representation. Women were increasingly part of the workforce, especially due to rapid industrialization of the country. Their economic role was changing. They were also given equal property ownership. Educational and job opportunities were available, though not to the same extent as men's. Politically, they were beginning to make some inroads, however actual traction was provided by the suffrage movement. 

The Rights Movement lead to changed perception and increased role of women in American society and paved the way for further improvement in their standing.

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