History has different meanings to different people depending on thevantage points that people are in such as male or femaleperspectives. Women tend to view history as the struggles that theywent through in a bid to acquire universal suffrage and franchise.Most young women today do not take seriously the freedoms that theyenjoy. Women started fighting for their rights since 1848 up to 1998(Du 112). This was a period that trespassed through sevengenerations. There have been several social and legal changes overthe 150 year period. Women can now enjoy equal rights with regards toemployment, education, right to vote, and religious aspects.
It is important to note that women have continuously been engaged innon-violent protests across the world and the in particular U.S.Women have also engaged in lobbying, meeting, and petition drives toforce the social and legal changes. It is hard to believe thathistorically women had no voting or property rights (Du 89). Womenwere reduced to subjects that could easily be manipulated by men.While thinking about the history of female rights, it is clear thatwomen had numerous issues to address including the right to educationand employment.
The issues that were raised historically regarding women werecontroversial. Access to education was said that it would interferewith the female reproductive organs. Besides, employing women meantthat families would be affected. However, since the first womenrights convention in 1848, there have been tremendous achievements.Women can now hold public offices, acquire education, be elected intopolitical offices, and they are no longer dependent wholly on men forsupport. However, women are yet to acquire full equal rights after150 years of struggle. There is need to continue working towards theachievement of equal rights for all people regardless of gender.
Du, Bois E. C. Woman Suffrage and Women`s Rights. NewYork: New York Univ. Press, 2012. Print.