People are willing to go through an immense amount of struggles to enjoy a life of freedom, equality and stability. So far in this class, we have learned about many different people and the struggles that they have went through to ensure this freedom and stability. Women and immigrants, for instance, have went through many trials and tribulations to try to get this life of freedom, equality and stability. The main role of colonial women in the old days was to “work over a hot fire baking bread or boiling meat. ” Women back then were not allowed to vote, preach, or own their own property.
They were to basically stay at home and watch the kids and cook and clean. Women overcame these struggles by creating women right’s movements. Women’s rights movements were primarily concerned with making the political, social, and economic status of women equal to that of men and with establishing legislative safeguards against discrimination on the basis of sex. Women became abolitionists. Abolitionist women were able to speak out about anti-slavery. Some women were not able to participate in anti-slavery conventions because of their sex.
This only made them more determined to speak out about the problems of women’s right’s. In the United States, the first definitive position on women’s rights that intermixed with antislavery issues was taken in 1848 under the leadership of Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York. In 1850, the National Women’s Rights Convention was held. It was led by Lucy Stone, an early activist. Both groups came together in the formation of the Women’s National Loyal League, under Susan B. Anthony.
Women finally gained their right to vote all over the United States under the 19th Amendment in 1920. Though it took forever, women over powered their struggles to live a life of freedom, equality, and stability. Another type of people that struggled to enjoy a life of freedom, equality, and stability and who are still struggling are the immigrants that are trying to enter the United States. Most immigrants that come to the United States are trying to escape harsh conditions like famine, poverty, land shortage and religious persecution.
Other immigrants come just to make some money and then return to their homelands. Many European immigrants went through some strenuous conditions to get to a better life. A trip to the United States for some could take up to 1 to 3 weeks out on the sea. Some conditions included stormy and uncomfortable sea journeys, sleeping in lice-infected bunks because of the big crowds of people, and sharing toilets with many other passengers. Because of these circumstances, diseases spread quickly and many passengers died before they even reached their destination.
And even the ones who did get to their destination, had yet more things to go through. They had to pass a series of inspections, pass literary tests, show hat they could work and that they had at least twenty-five dollars on them. The lines to get to these tests and inspections were so long, that some people that had bought mattresses with them on the trip, slept on them while waiting in their spot in the line. These immigrants were strong enough to go through all these things to make their lives better ones.
They wanted their freedom, equality, and freedom, so they fought for it and endured it. Even today we have many immigrants still fighting for their rights in the United States Gathering all these facts, I have reached a conclusion that people are willing to go through the tasks and trials to enable them to at least an appreciable life to their expectation. People will continue, even in the days of the present and the days of the future to ensure their right to freedom, equality, and stability.