The Women's Rights Movement was inspired by women globally who believed that they had the right to think for themselves and make their own choices, including their careers. Their greatest success came after World War Two.
For centuries women had been the possessions of men and had no opinion or choice in any aspect of their own life. However, during World War Two they were forced to work in factories because the men were at war, and by the end of the war they had proved to themselves that they could survive without men's in-struction. They had done something else besides housework, rear children and answer to men, and they knew that this was a turning point in their history.
They took a stand against the traditional role of women who were genetically bound to being housewife and mother, and they wanted the right to choose, to speak and to grow intellectually. They no longer wanted to be servants to men.
The Movement originally comprised small groups of daring women who informed others of their right to be individuals in society, and in their personal relationships. Women being mostly housewives began to listen and slowly they took stands against being men's servants, and as a whole they took control over their own lives.
They gained the right to smoke in public, to vote and to wear pants instead of only dresses. They earned the right to attend schools and work at significant jobs. Many started out small, edging into the world in menial jobs, but they were becoming independent and slowly began climbing the corporate ladder through extended education and training programs.
They began to dress differently with styles and materials of their choice instead of the typical housedress. They drove cars, visited night clubs and took on jobs that had once been designated only for men. Eventually, women were allowed to get involved in politics, and that was probably the greatest success of the Movement because now they have political governing power.
The characteristics that separate the traditional woman from the liberated woman were distinctly obvious by the late 1990's. The latter spent less time with their families and more time at their career and attending to personal desires such as fitness clubs, sports events and socializing.
The battles have been vicious but the victories continue to grow for all women in all societies as their newly found liberation reaches out to conquer every part of life. They have won over the dictatorship of men and now many succeed as rulers over them. The traditional housewife of the pre-WW2 era is no longer the norm for women. They no longer are obligated to answer to men, and now many have succeeded far above what most men dared to imagine.