Abstract: It is naturally assumed and probably correct that the women's movement began in the latter two decades of the nineteenth century. By the early 1930's, it was believed that gender roles had been culturally constructed in such a manner as to preclude such access by perpetrating a system of subjugation and beliefs that women were inferior to men. This opened the gates to advocating changes in social structure and cultural norms. From a women's history point of view the issue of abortion has run the gamut from total opposition to advocating for safe and economic access. The nineteenth-century women's rights advocates were unanimous in opposing abortion. This 5 page paper presents, in essay form, a brief history of the women's movement and the changes in attitude, within the movement, concerning abortion.
Subcatagory: Argumentative / Pro-Con Essays