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    Discuss the involvement of women's groups in Progressive-era reform movements

    Describe the first moves Americans made toward empire.

    Discuss the reasons the United States entered World War I.

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    Topics in American History

    Women and the Progressive-Era Reform Movement

    The progressive Era is that time period in US history that marked the turn of the 20th century from the 1890's to the late 1920's. This was the period marked by industrialization and urbanization brought on by the after effects of the American Civil war many decades back. The invention of the steam engine in the 19th century led to the realization of mass production and mass travel through steam ships that can cross oceans and steam trains that sped up the spread of information and goods as well as the creation of factories powered by mechanized elements. In America, in cities like Detroit, Chicago and New York - tenements sprouted up - becoming residences for immigrants from Eastern Europe and for former American-African slaves as well as displaced individuals. Factories and railroads offered them jobs and became manpower for corporations that aimed to earn and create wealth culminating in the roaring 20's. Amidst this atmosphere, women south to have their voices heard as they sought to instil some form of social change to society to advance women's rights including in areas of suffrage, education, health and sanitation, wages, working conditions and social welfare. The following items evidence the efforts of women in this era:
    1. Ida Tarbell - in 1904, she exposed the unfair business practices of the Standard Oil Company in an expose. This resulted to the prosecution of the company under anti-trust law.
    2. Eleanor Roosevelt - advocated for women's reform in branches of government, and used her influence to affect laws and standards to advance reform favourable to women from suffrage to education and healthcare.
    3. Frances Perkins - proved women can rise in top positions both in private and public organizations, first becoming head of NY Consumer's league and then taking up the position of Secretary of Labor under Pres. Roosevelt. This is apparent in the establishment of the Children's Bureau and the Women's Bureau in the Department of Labor.
    4. Sue Shelton, Mary Williams Dewson and Mary McLeod Bethune are suffragists and civil and women's rights activists who lobbied both the government and private sector to get behind the cause of giving women the voting, employment and property rights like men.

    According to the National Women's History Museum (2017), "At the end of the nineteenth century, women were considered the "moral guardians" and protectors of ...

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