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Why didn't feminists demand equal rights 200 years ago?

Was it because then shouldering equal responsibilities with men could easily get a woman killed or seriously injured in war or in any number of dangerous jobs. Is it a coincidence that the feminist movement arose when technology rendered many men's jobs safe for women to assume, in air-conditioned comfort, no less? elletera: I think if you consult US law circa 1807, you'll find that murder and assault were against the law. What color is the sky on your planet? allegra: Who's "they"? You're claiming sufragettes were burned at the stake? Documentation please...I always thought women were burned because they were accused of practicing witchcraft.

Asked By: ksoileau - 4/30/2007
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It was because the real world powers didn't put it into their heads 200 years ago... More
Answered By: SmartAlex - 4/30/2007
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They would have been stoned to death, locked in a looney bin, or offered as tribute to the conquerer of the vanquished.
Answered By: zeb6219 - 4/30/2007
 
Ouch! That's gotta sting! You may be on to something there.
Answered By: Soldier_Of_Christ777 - 4/30/2007
 
Prior to the creation of modern technology, it was hard for any group to mobilize for change. Social movements were generally very local... More
Answered By: Carrie is wondering... why? - 4/30/2007
 
women demand equal rights but i don't see them wanting to sign up for the military draft
Answered By: buckeyeman - 4/30/2007
 
Those who spoke up were killed. A man had the right to beat up his wife and demand relations. It was the two World Wars that really did for women. The men were gone. Women proved to themselves and their countries that they can hold down a job and can support a family.
Answered By: elletera - 4/30/2007
 
Get your history straight and then we'll talk!
Answered By: cynnkitty - 4/30/2007
 
In ancient Rome women tried to demand equal rights. But they were denied... More
Answered By: Mike D - 4/30/2007
 
There were a few women even earlier than that who demanded equal rights. It took some progress in other areas of society before the concept really caught on.
Answered By: Rio Madeira - 4/30/2007
 
Um, they did. They were burned at the stake for witchcraft in the New England colonies and, in the nineteenth century, thrown into mental institutions... More
Answered By: allegra - 4/30/2007
 
There were feminists 200 years ago, who spoke out for equal rights... More
Answered By: tehabwa - 4/30/2007
 
You are misinformed. I think Karen Offen sums up the answer to your question very well: Amnesia," she writes, "not a lack of history, is feminism's worst enemy today. Let us then refresh our memory... More
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Answered By: waswisgirl1 - 4/30/2007
 
Hmm...so for this "theory" to work, women would have had to sit back, patiently waiting for "technology" to catch up...passing this "agenda" on to their daughters, and telling them to bide their time until AIR CONDITIONING is invented... More
Answered By: wendy g - 4/30/2007
 
I hope for your sake that ignorance is bliss... More
Answered By: scandalouslyaverage - 5/1/2007
 
Er....very short history lesson here. 200 years ago only a select few individuals were literate (du-uh). Most of these individuals were men - women were most often not educated. Still, the vast majority of the population was illiterate. Literacy greatly aids in the DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION.
Answered By: Baba Yaga - 5/1/2007
 
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