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Women’s Rights Today

By Esther Motia

Little Women is a compelling story written by Louisa May Alcott which is gaining popularity amongst women of today. This story is about four sisters, Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth, expressing struggles women face today. Little Women touches on topics that women activists have been fighting so hard for, like equal rights in the world of men-based work.

In society today, activists like Susan B. Anthony are fighting hard for equality and the right to vote for women. Anthony started the women’s suffrage movement, a group dedicated to the fight for gender equality for women. She also started her newspaper The Revolution, and her famous quote was, “Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” This quote implies that men are worth no more than women, and women are worth no less than men. A good friend to Anthony and editor to The Revolution, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was also a very vital member of the women’s suffrage movement. In 1848 Stanton also held the very first women’s suffrage convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

But there are also bigger problems at hand.

80% of the population is working class. Women especially are employees of hard jobs in farms and factories and when women marry and when having children the amount of housework is endless. Also due to the Civil War most men went to fight in the war. Upon this, new opportunities opened for women, taking one step forward in the fight for equity by becoming nurses and seamstresses. But activists like Anthony and Stanton stand up to these unjust and unfair rules. Linking back to Louisa May Alcott’s book, Little Women encounters themes of defying gender stereotypes and the journey towards adulthood. We see each of these girls struggle through their own personal challenges that include expression of creativity and the journey to self-discovery. We see these young women cope with oppressive behavior that many women in our society struggle with today. But with the help of these activists and courageous women we can put a end to these discriminatory actions.

Sources:
Britannia — https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Revolution
National Endowment for the Humanities — https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2014/julyaugust/feature/old-friends-elizabeth-cady-stanton-and-susan-b-anthony-made-histo
Women’s History — https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/elizabeth-cady-stanton

About this piece:
During the Fall 2021 semester, 826NYC’s journalism class, Write All About It, dug deep into our local Brooklyn history with support from historians at the Center for Brooklyn History and the New-York Historical Society, alongside independent research. In emulation of one of the first Black-owned newspapers in the country, The Freedman’s Torchlight — which was published in the town of Weeksville, now part of Crown Heights, in the 1860s — students wrote about the news and culture of 1860s Brooklyn in this time-hop special edition of The 826NYC Post.

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