The Limits of Freedom
Liberty is the state of being free, to be able to speak and say anything freely. Liberty was not absolute for everybody. Back then and even today people still don’t have complete liberty in America. The early Americans put limits on freedom even when they were trying to create more freedom. They type of limits that the early Americans put on freedom were limits on freedom of speech, and much more. Even with the American Revolution, it was not for everybody. The American Revolution was only for the colonist and men, but over time the idea of liberty and equality became for everyone. Women, Slaves, and minorities did not get equality from the American Revolution. Women, and slaves wanted equality, they wanted more rights.
One group of people who didn’t have absolute liberty back then and even today are women. Although today women do have more liberty today than they did back then. There are women in other countries fighting to have more freedom. For example in Afghanistan women have limited freedom. In Afghanistan women are constricted to the house. If they were to leave the house they have to be completely covered and they have to be accompanied by a male relative. In America Indian women were treated different in their culture. Indian women could divorce their husband if they wanted to, and they also took on agricultural work. Indian women played an important role in the religious expect of the Indian culture. Women in Europe compared to women in Amercia. In the United States there was a time when women didn’t have the same rights as men. Back then women were not seen as equal to men. Women were supposed to be the house taking care of the children and the home while the man where supposed to be out working to support the family. Their job was to sew, cooking, cleaning, and etc. Women did not have the right to vote but during the eighteenth century women were not allowed to practice law. There were many movements that lead to women getting many more opportunity.
.Women’s suffrage is about women have the right to vote and to be able to stand for office. Women’s suffrage begin in 1848 during the time when the Women rights held their first convention. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and lucretia Mott were organizers of the 1848 Seneca Falls Conventions. On August 26th 1920 women’s right to vote was sign into law. Women Rights and Women Suffrage gave women a platform to speak up, and to fight for equality. Women would not be where they are if it wasn’t for the women activist that fought to make sure that women were given equality. Judith Sargent Murray stated that “yes, ye lord, ye haughty sex, our souls are by nature equal to yours” (Foner pg. 293). Judith Sargent Murray believed that men and women were equal and that women should have the same educational opportunities.
Although things have gotten better for women in today’s society, women still struggle with discrimination. Women still see discrimination in the work place. In the...