Social Justice: Women’s Rights

Women’s Rights

In some countries of the world, we take it for granted that women and men have equal rights. But it hasn’t always been that way, and there are many countries where women are second-class citizens. Historically, there have been many eras where women weren’t treated as whole, independent people. Let’s take a look at the evolution of women’s rights.

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Activity:

Reflect on what you have just read and/or watched. Write down 2-3 important or new things you have learned about women’s rights.

There are several major issues in women’s rights, and we’re going to look at just a couple of them.

The right to vote

Believe it or not, women in many countries didn’t always have the right to vote. They were considered their fathers’ or husbands’ property, and weren’t given a voice of their own. Not surprisingly, women wanted to do something about that.

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The right to have equal treatment

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Reflect on what you have just read and/or watched. Write down 2-3 important or new things you have learned. What differences do you see in how boys and girls are treated?

The right to avoid gender based violence or sexual harassment

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Activities:

  • Imagine you’re a woman in the early 19th century. Write a letter explaining why women’s rights are a good thing. You can see examples of actual letters sent by suffragists here.
  • Prepare a short presentation about a woman who took part in the suffrage movement from your country or culture.

Books about the women’s rights movement