Feminisim has been prevelant since 1848 and is showing no signs of slowing.
“Although voting rights gave women the chance to be influential, gender stereotyping still affected women”
The first two-day conference was held in Seneca Falls, New York where 68 women and 32 men signed the ‘Declaration of Sentiments’, outlining the group’s campaign agenda. On August 26th of 1920, the 19th amendment to the constitution gave women suffrage. Women were finally introduced to power in society. Although voting rights gave women the chance to be influential, gender stereotyping still affected women. Governing can be seen as an area where women are incapable of succeeding. As a result, this halted the progression of women in democratic societies. Gender inequality still exists within US Congress. According to the School of Public Affairs, 1/3 of women claim to be subjected to oppression against running for office. In 1987, Congress lost its first female representative, Nancy Pelosi. This was a significant loss for women in Congress, and women’s involvement has diminished. However, not all was done in vain.
Hawaii became the first state to have both its U.S. seats held by women. Hilary Clinton is currently the 67th US Secretary of State and the 3rd woman to hold this post. Internationally, women like Sonia Ghandi, President of Congress of India, have a huge influence and reverance. The struggle for status in politics keeps women striving for equality, but can they keep up with the fast paced world of politics?
By: Vanlee Trinidad