The Women's Movements
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Before the women's movements in the United States, women who were treated unfairly and not

given any equal rights as men had suffered great tragedy. There tragedy was the way the society

had treated them cruelly such as 1women once only had the option of teaching, and nursing, as

career opportunities. Women would usually have the role of staying home and taking care of

children and the home. Now after the first and second waves of the women's movements, women

now are treated with great respect and given independent freedom. And carry a great deal of

5Women's Movements are group efforts, chiefly by women, that seek to improve

women's lives or the lives of others. Probably the best known women's movements are those that

have engaged in political efforts to change the roles and the status of women in society. A

women's traditional role throughout history was wife or mother dominated, and most women's

lives have been centered around their household. 2Women's Movements usually concentrate

primarily on equal rights, freedom, and greater social, economic and political involvement for

women. In history, there have been two major women's movements, the first wave was

concentrated on gaining voting rights for women. 9On August 26,1920, the nineteenth

amendment was added on to the amendments of the Constitution of the United States of

America. This amendment stated that women now have the right to vote. During the second

wave of the women's movement, there had been many organizations setup to help women unite,

such as the Women's Equity Action League (WEAL), the Women's Trade Union League

(WTUL), the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA), the National

Organization for Women (NOW), the National Women's Party, the National Women's Political

Caucus (NWPC), and many more.2The second wave, which emerged in the 1960's, was

concentrated mainly on political and social changes...

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