Happy 165th Birthday Women’s Rights Movement!

Women's Movement

This year marks the 165th anniversary of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls in 1848, New York. What an amazing movement that started long ago, and has been continuing from generation to generation even to this day.

The town of Seneca Falls held a week-long celebration this week to mark the momentous occasion, which included a reading of the Declaration of Sentiments, a document written primarily by women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton that expressed the dislike of unfair treatment of women during that period of time.

“In the past, history has swallowed women’s accomplishments as if they never happened,” historian Melinda Grube, dressed in costume to play the part of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, said to the crowd. “But not this time. This time, they will remember.”

Some of the thing they rallied for at the time was the right for women to vote, the right for women to work, and the right for women to retain property that was bought by them before they were married.

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Can you imagine a world today where we as free women couldn’t do these things! It’s thanks to the passionate and tireless efforts of women like these and Gloria Steinem in the 60s and 70s who made our lives possible today.

It is easy to forget what the early women fought for and the barriers they constantly came up against. We live in a world where we have it easy today, and the inequalities are a lot less subtle. But all you have to do is look at other countries such as Saudi Arabia where women cannot vote, drive, or walk in public without their male “guardian” to recognize how far we have come.

The Women’s Liberation Movement which came about in the 70s, often referred to as the “second wave of feminism” is considered the biggest social movement in the history of the world! Wow. If that is not a testament to the power and passion of women then nothing will be.

There are still many women around the world in certain countries who are forced into marriage against their will, not allowed an education, and generally treated like second class citizens. The fight is not yet over, and there is much work to be done. While we bask in our freedoms and lives of luxury, we should spare a thought for our sisters worldwide still battling for basic human rights.

Can we be selfless enough today to be thankful for the pioneer women in our history, and take action for the women of the future? Let’s not let our time go to waste. We have the power to become pioneers and world changers. If we look around us and see a need, we should fill it.

Thank you to all the women, and men, who continue to work tirelessly around the world to create better lives for others.

Women's Movement, 1800s

11 Comments

  1. very amazing

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