Women Rights

Quentin Workmon
Instructor: Joel Shields
English 102
April 27, 2014
Critical Evaluation Essay
“Most women will agree that August 23, the day when the Tennessee legislature finally enacted the Federal suffrage amendment, is a day to begin with, not a day to end with. Men are saying perhaps "Thank God, this everlasting woman's fight is over!" (Eastman; 2012). For many years, specifically throughout The Great Depression, there were women such as; Susan B. Anthony, Alice Stone Blackwell, Elizabeth Freeman, Emma Goldman and so many more, worked laboriously as activist of women’s rights. Now the day had come when women were granted the right to vote; now they could begin.
In 1920, Crystal Eastman wrote an article in reference to this very thing. In Eastman’s evaluation, it is structured for its readers to first understand some of thing that women had to go through as a whole. It is also structured as a plea, that now that the American woman had the right to vote, that she could now be as equal as the average man. Beginning in 1848, the United States of America dealt with two factors; anti-slavery and women’s rights. In this same year, Elizabeth Stanton, headed the Women’s Rights Convention in New York. With much funding, many conventions and a plethora of meetings, Susan B. Anthony wrote an amendment that allowed women to vote, however, was not passed and became law until 1920. This is the point where Crystal Eastman shared her views and the transitions she would have liked to see happen.
When it comes to credibility of the article, what better person to have than an activist of women’s rights. It is evident that Eastman (1881 – 1928) had seen that women had no rights, in her few short years of living. It is also evident that having helped founded the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, she wanted to see a change. Crystal was one of the founders of the Woman’s Peace Party, where she served as president. In 1921, the founded organization was renamed...