Im sorry, but to contend women were unhappy is a generalized statement of which there is no way to verify.
all of them are set in law You can literally look them up in most archives and libraries. Are you just playing dumb or are you really this thick?
just a few laws that were brought in BECAUSE
women were discriminated in the UK
1919 The Sex Discrimination (Removal) Act
This was the first piece of equal opportunities legislation to officially enter the statute book. As implied in the title, the intent was to “amend the Law with respect to disqualification on account of sex”, meaning women would no longer be “disqualified by sex or marriage from the exercise of any public function”.
For the first time, women could become accountants, lawyers and vets, sit on a jury or become a magistrate.
1922 The Law of Property Act
This piece of legislation meant that husbands and wives had equal rights to inherit property from each other. Before this, women were forced to give up all rights to their property when they got married – putting their legal status on equal ranking to criminals and insane people. This was changed under the 1870 Married Women’s Property Act, followed by an extension to the law in 1882, which gave married women complete control over their own property.
Following on from the Law of Property Act in 1922, legislation finally gave women the same rights to own and dispose of property as men in 1926.
1923 The Matrimonial Causes Act
This act allowed women to petition for divorce if their husband had been unfaithful. Before the act was passed, only men were allowed to divorce a spouse due to adultery.
A further Act passed in 1937 included cruelty, desertion and incurable insanity as grounds for divorce.
1967 The NHS (Family Planning) Act
This act was important for a number of reasons. First, it made contraception available to all women – previously, the service had only been granted for those whose health would be endangered by pregnancy.
Second, it finally made it legal for local health authorities to give birth control advice to unmarried women, rather than only those who were wed.
1970 Women can get their own mortgages
Women in the UK were generally refused mortgages right up until the Seventies, because so few of them were in continuous employment. Until then, a woman could only secure a mortgage if she had the signature of a male guarantor.
1970 Equal Pay Act
This act made it illegal to pay women less than men for the same amount of work. It also made it illegal to give women less favourable conditions of employment than men.
Some employers attempted to find a loophole in the law by rewriting women’s job descriptions so they wouldn’t have to raise their pay, or by creating new positions for which there were no male equivalents hired. Thankfully, this generally received resistance from local authorities.
1975 The Sex Discrimination Act
This was another radical change to the law, which made it illegal to discriminate against women in work, training and education. This meant that employers, landlords, schools, restaurants and finance companies legally had to treat women as equals to men for the first time. For example, job adverts could no longer specify that a company was looking for only a woman or a man for a specific role.
1975 The Employment Protection Act
This law finally made it illegal to fire women for being pregnant. The legislation also established that women were entitled to take maternity leave, and that they had the right to return to their position after doing so.
However, despite this law being in place for over 40 years, the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission estimates
that over 50,000 women are (illegally) sacked every year for being pregnant.
1980 Women can apply for credit cards and loans
Yes, it really took this long before all women were allowed to apply for a credit card or loan without first needing a man’s signature.
1982 Women can’t be refused service in pubs
Up until 1982, it was perfectly legal to refuse to serve women in British pubs, which were traditionally “male environments”.
1986 The Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Act
This was an important extension to the earlier Act in 1975. It permitted women to retire at the same age as men, and made it legal for them to work factory night shifts.
1990 Independent taxation introduced
Amazingly, women were not taxed independently from their husbands until 1990. This finally marked their income as their own, rather than as an addition to their husband’s earnings.
1991 r*pe within marriage becomes a crime
Before this date, it was legal for a man to r*pe his wife because he had “conjugal rights”. It took another decade after this ruling for the word “consent” to finally be given a legal definition, under the 2003 Sexual Offences Act.
1993 Violence against women recognised as a violation
It wasn’t until the early Nineties that violence against women was finally established as a violation of their human rights, under the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
some laws that STILL
A woman 'must permit her husband to have legitimate intercourse with her when she is fit to do so.'
in Singapore and India, non-consensual sex within marriage is not a criminal offence, and does not constitute r*pe as long as the wife is above a certain age – 15 years old in India, and only 13 in Singapore. In Yemen, where child marriage is rife,
there is no lower age limit to define r*pe in marriage.
In Malta, if you kidnap someone and marry them, you don’t need to go to jail.
A husband can beat his wife as long as he does not cause grievous bodily harm.
Laws that sanction the use of force against women in marriage highlight the persistent idea that a woman is still her husband’s property and therefore subject to his demands. There are 46 countries in the world which do not provide any legal protection against domestic violence
. In Nigeria, it is within a husband’s legal rights to beat his wife “for the purpose of correcting”
her, as long as it does not cause grievous bodily harm.
In Chile, Tunisia, and the UK, a man deserves to inherit more than a woman.
In Cameroon, a man can stop his wife from taking a job.
In the USA
In North Carolina, a woman cannot withdraw consent and call subsequent actions r*pe.
By definition, this law allows a form of r*pe
to be legal. Let that sink in a moment.
Other states have been put under the spotlight for laws that allow certain types of sexual assault to go unpunished. Some, like Oklahoma
, closed those loopholes. North Carolina has not.
Child marriage is still legal.
Not expecting to see this on the list? Over the past 15 years, 200,000 underage children
were married in the US, some as young as 10 and 11. Although the nation legal age to marry in the US is 18, most states have legal exceptions for cases of parental consent or pregnancy.
Rapists have parental rights in seven states.
Most states have laws that prevent rapists from claiming parental rights, but seven states do not: Alabama, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Dakota, New Mexico, and Wyoming
. In some cases, this has resulting in sexual assault victims having to coparent
with their perpetrator, meaning the rapist has visitation rights and stays in contact with the child and mother.
I am reprimanded when I say that that allot of women are unhappy today and told I cant make such a generalized statement without any real basis other than my own observation. Therefore you are unable to make such statements on behalf of women that lived 50-100 years ago.
The fact women created feminisms BECAUSE
they were unhappy with their current situations is proof enough that they werent happy. If they were happy would they have dealt with force feedings, beatings and imprisonment. Or do you not take what women say as fact?
'If you are a man, you should probably get married; if you are a woman, don’t bother'