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Idea of progress: In what way have the feminist revolts of the 20 century brought about a change attitudes and socail progress ?

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Idea of the progress

        Hello, I would like to develop about the notion of the idea of Progress. First at all, I give a definition of Progress. Progress is a gradual betterment, especially : the progressive development of humankind in particular concerning social events.

        In the 20 century, women fought against inequalities between them and men.

        In what way have the feminist revolts of the 20 century brought about a change attitudes and socail progress ?

        In the first paragraph I speak about two women who went from solitude to leadership. In the second paragraph, I will develop on social progress and right to vote. And in the third paragraph, I will tackle on violence as mean of expression.

        In october 10th 1903, Emmeline Pankhurst created the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).  the leading militant organisation campaigning for Women's suffrage in the United Kingdom, 1903–1917. Its membership and policies were tightly controlled by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia.

         Angela Davis is an American political activist, academic scholar, and author. She was integrated in the Black Panthers movment in 1967,. A revolutionary militant, fighting for the equality of blacks and whites, but also for the emancipation of workers, she quickly realized that only the unity of social and political movements between white and black, male and female, would make it possible to fight the Officer class.

        In these two movements, these women revolutionized the way to fight for ideals and social equality. At the beginning, they made their voices heard but they were alone. They had to convince, argue, demonstrate that their ideas had meaning and that society had to evolve. They have given confidence to women and blacks on a civil recognition of their rights. They found the way to equality. They have shown the voice towards a world more just, more human in which no being is inferior to another.

        The WW1 in the UK, enabled women to access to factorys' work because men were in the battlefield. Women, who were the labour force revitalized the economic system and consequantly, they gained responsibilities. They actively particapted to war effort. They were encoraged by David Lloyd George, the UK Prime Minister and Emmeline Pankhurst. At the end of the war, women aged  more than 30, obtained the right to vote in 1918. Emmeline Pankhurst died in 1928, a month before the right to vote was granted to women over the age of 21.

        In october 3rd 1965, the Voting Rights Act was adopted. It was a revolution for black people because it's possible to vote in the real life. Before in 1870, the fifteen amendenment assured theorically their vote but in the pratique, it was very difficult for them. In 1964, in the walking of Selma, organised by Martin Luther King, Angela Davis was inspirated by his combativeness and she wanted to defend gender equality.

        These fights are now considered to be perfectly normal in occidental societies. Voting is a universal right but also a citizen duty. Such advances can be seen as an achievement of society, but it has been necessary to struggle to obtain it both peacefully with demonstrations and by the degradation of public buildings, physical and moral violence.


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