Women's Rights and Gender Roles

By Haley Mead and Ryan Sidoti

Women as Equal

Norma Rae by Martin Ritt

The story line was based on a true story that highlights the significance of women in the workforce and how they contributed to working in the union. The movie is about empowerment and because the main character is played by a women, it also adds to women empowerment. Women were finally seen as equal and strong.

Women's Rights Song

This song demonstrates the feelings that women had towards equality. Most women felt that they deserved equality when compared to men, and also wanted the same rights as the men had. Through the lyrics we can depict this. For example, one verse in the song is "They wanted rights and equality for the sexists." This is pretty straight forward, but also gets to the point of what the women expected.
womens rights song

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter by Connie Field

This movie takes place during WWII when men went to work and women were recruited to do their jobs. This is the first sign of equality that women have seen in the work force.

National Organization for Women (NOW)

NOW was founded in 1966, it was created as a feminist organization that focuses specifically on women's rights and fights towards equality and against discrimination of any sort.

Bad Romance Women's Suffrage

Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage

Bad Romance Women's Suffrage

This song shows the struggle that women in the 1920’s went through in order to gain the right to vote. This was the first major step in women’s rights history and opened the gates to a wide possibility of equality.


It's gotten ugly

They passed the 15th Still women have no right Nor guarantee

To liberty Child, health, wealth Or property

We cry for freedom Oh, hear our voice

And see we’re equal to all men! Oh oh oh oh… We the whole people

Not just male citizens Formed this most perfect Union!

Women's Rights Movement Moving Toward Equality

The women's rights movement grew out of the women's suffrage movement of the mid-1800s. The second wave of the movement, which promoted economic, political, and social equality, gained momentum in the 1960s and '70s. This work gives an introduction to one of the most prominent reform movements over the years.


"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

"Where, under our Declaration of Independence, does the Saxon man get his power to deprive all women and Negroes of their inalienable rights?" Susan B. Anthony

Women as Property

Women in Afghanistan

The violence occurring in Afghanistan are very high lately about 87 percent of women or girls experience all kinds of abuse such as physical, mental, sexual, physiological and they are forced marriage

Afghan Women Jailed For 'Moral Crimes' Such As Leaving Arranged Marriages

In 2013 this article was published to inform the public about the wrongdoing that women in the middle east had to endure. These women were publicly beaten for "crimes" that everyday women in America take for granted. Crimes that consisted of leaving their husbands, refusing to accept a marriage, or choosing to leave their home for a man they truly love. This makes women seem inferior to men and as if they should have little to no rights.

"it is difficult to even get information about violence against women from the authorities partially because they don't want to look bad if it showed that little was being done and little, if any, official documentation on violence against women exists."

Women as Homemakers

Schoolhouse Rock- Women's Suffrage Movement Video

Schoolhouse Rock - Women's Suffrage movement

Schoolhouse Rock- Women's Suffrage Movement

Mostly the video is about the struggle of women and how they wanted rights. The specific lyrics that stuck out were ones that described how women were looked on as homemakers and only wanted to wash clothes or dishes, but when it came to making important decisons in the country they were left out.


Well, sure, some men bowed down and called us "Mrs." (Yeah!)

Let us hang the wash out and wash the dishes (Huh!)

But when the time rolled around to elect a president

What did they say, Sister (What did they say?)

They said, uh, "See you later, alligator

And don't forget my, my mashed potatoes

Because I'm going downtown to cast my vote for president"

Women go to work

The poster reads "Turns out you gals are useful after all" this is because before women were forced to do the jobs that men needed done, they 'weren't useful' besides at home catering to their man. This is the first time that women were aloud to do a man's job and became a huge stepping stone for women's suffrage.

Women’s Bigger Dents Politics

This is an example of how men only viewed women as homemakers and inferior to them.

"The majority of women being natural-born housekeepers, why shouldn't the infinite details of a Governor's office appeal to the female of the species?"

Men were against the women suffrage movement

During the Women's Suffrage's men were forming groups that opposed the movement. They were called the National Association Opposed to Women's Suffrage's

National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage (NAOWS)

This organization was created 1911 to work against women’s suffrage. This organization consisted mostly of men that looked down upon women and only saw them as property. They enjoyed the thought of them being superior and thus wanted women to have limited right or no rights whatsoever.