English 102, Effectiveness In Writting
25 August 2013
We Still Have Work to Do
In 1920, Crystal Eastman, a socialist feminist, was with no doubt pleased when the Tennessee legislature enacted the Federal suffrage amendment. This amendment was an important first step towards women’s rights. For Crystal Eastman it was much more than a first step, it was a bright path of hope and a platform. The enactment of the amendment was exactly what Eastman needed to encourage the fight for equal women’s rights and freedoms. Shortly after the announcement of the new amendment Eastman published an article titled “Now We Can Begin. What’s Next?” In the article Eastman writes “Now at last we can begin. In fighting for the right to vote most women have tried to be either non-committal or thoroughly respectable on every other subject. Now they can say what they are really after; and what they are after, in common with all the rest of the struggling world, is freedom.”(1). Using the excitement of the new amendment as momentum Eastman expresses what the next objectives of the feminist movement should be to obtain freedom. In the article Eastman spoke of four additional goals; economic independence for women, including freedom to choose an occupation and equal pay, gender equality at home, voluntary motherhood, and motherhood endowment. (1) Since the 1920’s, women have won many rights and opportunities. We can thank people like Crystal Eastman for their bravery and strong will to keep women motivated in the fight for freedom. Articles like “Now We Can Begin. What’s Next?” paint just a small picture of how far women’s rights have come. However, some of the goals laid out by Eastman are still relevant today. In 1920 Eastman addressed occupational freedom and inequality in pay (1). Equality in the work force is a hill women are still climbing, but with success. In 2013, the U.S. military ended its policy of excluding women from combat and opened combat jobs and...
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