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History Q&A Example

Debbie Dert

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head-image1. What was one outcome of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire that impacted women directly? Briefly explain your choice.

About 146 young women were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire on Saturday, 25th March 1911 in just 20 minutes. These women were trapped behind locked doors and unable to reach the firefighters' ladders. The condition left them with only two options: burned to death inside the building or die another way by jumping from the ninth-floor windows to the pavement below because the factory's only fire escape was collapsed. The greatest impact of this tragedy is the tremendous impetus for International Women's Day events. It constantly empowers women to fight for their rights, pursue social justice, and improved workplace safety.

2. What was the state of women's health care by 1900? Briefly outline your analysis.

  1. Women fought to improve their healthcare and to end sexism in healthcare. For example, doctors often diagnosed women perfunctorily but gave the right diagnosis for men. 
  2. Women suffered from an inability to gain health coverage from health insurance.
  3. Women faced reproductive issues such as they didn't have the freedom to use birth contraceptives, have abortions, and to gave birth to their children with the most convenient method for them.

3. Who was Jane Addams, and why is she important to the Progressive Movement?

Jane Addams is a pioneer of the social worker in America, a feminist, and an internationalist. She was important to the progressive movement due to several causes:

1. Founder of a Hull house, a place to educate women with various knowledge from basic skills to arts and literature.

2. Contribute to the establishment of the juvenile court system, urban sanitation, factory laws, protective labor legislation for women, and the establishment of playgrounds and kindergartens throughout Chicago.

3. Opposed the US entry into World War I. She believed that human beings were capable to solve disputes without violence. She was the first American woman in history to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for these actions.

4. What was Catherine Beecher's impact on the domestic economy? Briefly explain.

Catherine Beecher was the most influential author and educator. Her first book called A Treatise on Domestic Economy which was first published in 1841 was the first American publication that deal with domestic life. The book helped the standardization of domestic practices, and reinforced domestic values, arguing that women's role was at home, where they could powerfully influence American Society.

5. Briefly discuss the importance of the 19th Amendment to women's history in the US.

       The 19th Amendment legally allowed American women the right to vote. This movement began in early 1800, when women organized, petitioned, and picketed to win the right to vote. It took decades to finally accomplished their purpose.

6. What role did Hollywood play in forming new images of women, beginning in the 1920s? Outline the impact of Hollywood in this area.

The motion pictures industry has given women opportunities that were so much bigger than any other industry. In the early years of the twentieth century, women were the workers behind the film-making as directors, writers, producers, editors, and even camera operators. And they have created big economic success for the film industry.

7. How were families impacted by the Great Depression, and what were two changes women experienced due to this event?

Almost all families lost their source of income and were constrained to move to the urban areas in search of jobs and aid from the government. During the tough era, children competed for jobs with their parents to contribute to their families.

Changes women experienced during the great depression:

1. Women entered the workforce, but they were poorly paid.

2. Delay marriage.

3. Forced to reduce the birth rate below the replacement level.

8. What is one major difference between "radical feminism" and "third-wave feminism". Be clear in your choice and explanation!

Radical feminism is a political ideology within feminism that focused to eliminate men supremacy in all social and economic contexts, while third-wave feminism is a movement that focused on reproductive rights for women. In third-wave feminism, feminists fought for a women's right to have access to birth contraceptives and abortion.

9. Who was Phyllis Schlafly, and what role did she play in politics?

Phyllis Schlafly was an American writer and political activist who was showing her objections to Equal Rights Amendment. She assumed that the amendment would lead to military conscription for women and force women to support their families financially. Schlafly's campaign to revoke the amendment came to success when it failed to be ratified by the majority of the states. Schlafly was highly honored for her contribution to bringing the amendment into collapse.

10. What is one issue directly concerning women that is in the news (choose anything from the past five years as needed)? Why is this important?

Burnout and mental health challenges are the issues women face during the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic. It is very important because women have to keep the balance between work and guiding their children with the online learning system, to avoid the higher rate of women leaving the workforce.