Lucretia Mott was a leader who joined in the call for the Seneca falls convention in 1848. The convention is credited for being the start of the woman’s movement in America. Race is more in the forefront for equality than gender. However, there is a group today that lost more than women in the fight for equality. The LGBT may be the biggest losers in the 2014 midterms, as marriage equality will have less support with Republicans in control of congress.
A supporter of the 15th amendment allowing black men to vote, some challenged her stance since it was an equality improvement for race not gender. We are speaking now of Lucy Stone, the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a bachelors degree. In the 19th century it was unpopular for woman to attend college. Yale still struggles today with equality issues for women.
Some saw the dean as being dismissive when he announced the formation of a
new task force on gender equity, saying it was necessary because some women
felt there were problems. Dr. Daniel C. DiMaio, a genetics professor, said it was
not just women complaining. The dean replied, “O.K., Dan and some women
think there’s a problem.” (Lewin, 2014)
Lucy Stone convened the first national Woman’s Rights Convention in 1850, a significant event in woman’s history. One of the most notable women today is Hillary Clinton. There has been a lot of buzz that the 2014 midterms are a trial run for the former first lady. Democratically speaking, is the US ready for a woman president?
Julia Ward Howe published “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in 1862. This hymn was used in suffrage movements. Praise was sung in this year’s suffrage, but was different in the sense that it was coming from right wing media in favor of the results.
Susan B. Anthony was co-founder of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. She voted illegally in the 1872 presidential election, in which she was caught and fined a $100 that she never paid. Later honored with her image on the silver dollar. Democratic Senator Roderick Wright was convicted of voter fraud, receiving a 90-day sentence. Due to over-crowding in the jails, the California senator was released after serving an hour of his sentence. (Chasmar, 2014) He is recognized for helping seniors recognize fraud scams while in office. It is important to know how to commit fraud in order to fight against it.
History reflects progress, while we never really leave the past behind. The results are in, we have one step forward and two steps back. Time to start focusing on the 2016 elections, with hopes something can be accomplished in the meantime.
Chasmar, J. (2014, 11 04). California Democrat freed from prison after serving one hour of 90-day sentence. Retrieved 11 04, 2014, from The Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/4/california-democrat-freed-from-prison-after-servin/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS
Lewin, T. (2014, 11 01). Handling of Sexual Harassment Case Poses Larger Questions at Yale. Retrieved 11 04, 2014, from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/us/handling-of-sexual-harassment-case-poses-larger-questions-at-yale.html?_r=0