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Americas struggle for equality The United States became independent 224 years ago It would take years for its citizens to construct the framework of the government upon which the nation would be established The United States was to be a nation based upon the fundamental rights freedom and equality in which a person would be judged not by their make-up but by their actions However this vision of a utopian society was to be short-lived as injustice began to emerge from every part of society Sex race and color all affected the rights and privileges of the American citizen And the only way to right these wrongs was through years of struggle and perseverance In this essay I will be able to show briefly how some of Americas laws became what they are today Perhaps the group that experienced the greatest amount of resistance in their fight for equality was the American women For years women were viewed as frail petite creatures whose job it was to carry out the housework and care for the children of the family Only in the mid-eighteen hundreds did women first begin to speak out against their role in society and request the right to vote By obtaining the right to vote women believed that they would become a more influential member of society They were no longer content with their passive household role and as a result began to fight for their right in to vote Two of the major advocates for womens rights during the late eighteen hundreds were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony Stanton and Anthony determined to change Americas view of women and womens rights traveled the country preaching womens rights and aided in the publication of several newspapers advocating womens rights Through their efforts Stanton
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