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Unlike the way Alexis de Tocqueville found the role of women insociety in 1832 where he saw an equal regard for husbands and wiveswith different roles, the roles and experiences of women have sincechanged drastically. Alexis pointed that America “showed an equalregard for husbands and wives, but defined their roles differently”(pg. 302). Whereas women were considered as wives and mothers,various women rights advocate groups have ensured that women are nolonger treated as slaves, but are emancipated from the “prison”that men had put them in (Adams, 2003). Women required to have theright to vote in order to advocate for laws that would ensure thattheir rights were assured. Towards the civil war, women were giventhe right to vote. Parker (2004) says that “women suffrage came tobe seen as the best way to solve a variety of social ills……”Access to education was allowed for women (Sneider, 2008). In thepost-civil war period, women were able to speak in public aboutpolitical issues. The issue of equal pay at work was also a majorchange in the post war period. The issue of equal opportunity foreducation was also a hotly debated topic in the post-war period(Garraty &amp Carnes, 2008). It is clear that the role of women insociety changed from being mothers and wives and started toparticipate fully in public matters include gaining the right to voteand access equal education opportunities (Frost-Knappman &ampCullen-DuPont, 2005).

Elizabeth Cady Stanton argued that men had established a completetyranny over women since women had no right to vote. She consideredwomen as slaves who did not have any right to determine their destiny(Parker, 2004). Women were unable to fully exploit their potentialssince they were viewed as just mothers and wives. Women wereconsidered as being confined at home to cater for home chores andrear children. The women were also unable to own property and couldnot make any will. This made Elizabeth Cady to view women as secondclass citizens who were under the mercies of men (Parker, 2004).


Adams, C. (2003). Women`s suffrage: A primary source history ofthe women`s rights movement in America. New York: Rosen CentralPrimary Source.

Frost-Knappman, E., &amp Cullen-DuPont, K. (2005). Women`ssuffrage in America. New York: Facts on File.

Garraty, J. &amp Carnes, M. (2008). American destiny: Narrativeof a nation. Pearson: Longman

Parker, M. (2004). The case for reform antecedents for the woman’srights movement. Pdf.

Sneider, A. L. (2008). Suffragists in an imperial age: U.S.expansion and the woman question, 1870-1929. New York: OxfordUniversity Press.