Women’s Rights Movements
The core aim of women right movement was to make the economic, social and political status of females equal to that of men. Additionally, they pursued developing legislative actions against discrimination based on gender. Women’s movements had strived towards these aims for more than two centuries (History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, 2007). In 1903, women began militant political actions with the development of Women Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Britain. This was established to ensure that women acquire full voting rights. Emmeline Pankhurst headed WSPU. The majority of women demonstrated on huge crowds in cities. However, they faced various challenges (Women Rights Movements, 2014). For instance, the demonstrators were jailed and could not have freedom of assembly. Moreover, their organization was declared illegal by Parliament.
Following the outbreak of First World War, the Women’s Social and Political Union decided to support the effort in the war. It mobilized thousands of its members to engage freely in the war (Women Rights Movements, 2014). Furthermore, they supported services that were influential to government in order to overcome the resistance from administration. Fortunately, women right to vote was awarded in 1918. However, only women aged 30 years and above could participate in voting exercise (History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, 2007). Therefore, women continued to fight for their rights until the voting age was reduced to 21 years in 1921.
The first women’s right movements took place in the United States in 1848. The movements were concerned on anti-slavery issues led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton during the Convention of Rig