American Government: Women and the Struggle for Rights

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With March being Women's History Month, I thought it would be a great time to feature a lecture from our American Government course: Women and the Struggle for Rights. It can be easy to take for granted the rights we enjoy every day and forget that when our country was founded women did not have the right to vote, could not serve on juries and often could not get any education let alone higher education. Women were even barred by law from serving in any profession. It wasn't until the 1920s when women gained the right to vote and despite this gain in freedom, discrimination was still commonplace until 1964 when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. We've come a long way, and today's lecture describes the struggle that led to the opportunities women enjoy today.

The fight for women's rights is a fascinating bit of history and it's uplifting to see how many changes there have been since the Declaration of Independence was signed. There is still a ways to go as women now have to overcome cultural barriers in order to achieve full participation in our country. Seeing more women as CEOs of large corporations and eventually President or even Vice-President of the country will help this movement truly reach its goal of equality.


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