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The Progressive Era had a number of sources how the reform got on its way With its increase in productivity and number of consumer goods Industrialization created unemployment wasteful natural resources and abuse from corporate powers Growing Cities magnified problems of poverty disease crime and corruption Another source for progressive reform is the arrival of immigrants And last but not least the massive depression that hit in 1893- 1897 made people realize that equal opportunity was the goal many Americans had to reach for It was the goal of woman to have the same rights as their brothers did too I hold that woman has as good and rightful a claim to them as her brother and that the man who denies this claim is not only no good democrat and much less a good republican but that in being guilty of this denial he commits an act of the grossest injustice and oppression Bloomer While the number of employed women stayed constant from 1900-1920 20 the type of work switched from domestic labor servants cooks laundresses to clerical work clerks typists bookkeepers factory work and professionals Women still held the lowest paying and opportune jobs Called by Carrie Chapman Catt the most original and challenging mind which the womens movement produced Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a philosopher theoretician writer educator and activist She demanded equal treatment for women as the best means to advance societys progress Charlotte Perkins Gilman attacked the male monopoly on opportunity and declared that domesticity was an obsolete value for American women In 1869 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony form the more radical New York-based National Woman Suffrage Association NWSA Lucy Stone Henry Blackwell and Julia Ward Howe organize the more conservative American Woman Suffrage Association AWSA which is centered in Boston In this same year the Wyoming territory is organized with a woman suffrage provision In 1890 Wyoming was
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