Natalie Thomas

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Honors Thesis


As of 2016, the United States of America ranks 99th in the world --out of 193-- for women in legislature despite a long history of women’s rights movements. I compared the timeline of the feminist movement in the U.S. to the history of women’s political gains to determine what effect, if any, the women’s rights movement had on political engagement. With the chronology compared, it is easy to see if there were any specific points in the feminist movement that motivated women to become more politically active. Women’s political involvement increased after the 19th amendment was ratified, following World War II, and during the Sexual Revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s. However, only 20% of Congress is female, and a lack of young women entering the political arena now gives little hope that women’s political involvement will drastically increase soon.

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