Project #91905 - Feminism and the Women’s Movement (Themes: gender, civil rights)


These are the sources you will use




Primary Source #1

Dorothy Kenyon, "Equal Rights for Women"


Primary Source #2

League of Women Shoppers Pamphlet, circa 1937


Secondary Source #1

Freeman, J. (1973). The Origins Of The Women's Liberation Movement. American Journal of Sociology 78(4), 792-811.





  1. Introduction


Your introduction should include the following:


  • Background information on the topic of your essay. This includes introducing key figures or concepts, as well as providing dates and locations to place your topic in an historical context. Do not assume that your reader knows the topic or the sources that you are using. Always fully introduce your sources, historical figures, and topics.

  • A thesis statement. A thesis statement is the argument that you will be proving in your paper. For example, do not make general statements such as, "Phillip II and Henry IV had many similarities and differences." A thesis is a very focused argument. A better thesis statement would be, "Henry IV and Phillip II both faced challenges to the stability of their kingdoms that developed from religious conflicts. While Henry IV was primarily concerned with domestic unrest, Phillip II faced these challenges in outlying regions of his kingdom." You can see that one is much more focused and specific in the points that it will prove in your essay. The following link provides some great information and demonstrates how to create a thesis statement:




  1. Body of Paper:


The body of your essay should include the following:


  • Historical analysis. Do not simply provide a timeline of events or a list of facts. An historical essays analyzes these events and facts to create a strong argument that proves your thesis.

  • The most relevant and important information that you will use to prove your argument. Stay focused on the most important information and try to avoid including random facts that, while interesting, might not connect to, or be relevant to, your argument.

  • Historical details and examples. These are the building-blocks of your argument. You should include relevant dates, events, people, and examples to prove your thesis.

  • Sources. Your writing should include references to your sources and properly formatted footnotes or in-text citations. Avoid using lengthy quotes to insert historical information the majority of your writing should be your own, not quotes. General historical information can be related in your own words. Reserve direct quotes for examples that prove your point or to briefly relate the ideas of a source. Find a way to transition between your own writing and the quote to fluidly connect the statements.


  1. Conclusion

    Your conclusion of your essay should do the following:


  • Draw together the points that you have raised in the essay.

  • Connect your points to a larger revelation about the topic that proves your thesis.

  • Avoid using overly general statements or making connections to our current time, unless the essay instructions specifically ask you to make this connection. For example, if you are writing an essay on women regents in Ancient Egypt, you would not end your essay with the statements, “Women have played major political roles throughout time. The position of female regents in Ancient Egypt set the stage for women in politics today and continues to influence our world.” These types of points are overly general, not really relevant, and do not help to prove your overall thesis.



  1. Works Cited

    Your Works Cited/Bibliography section should do the following:



  • Include proper citation for the sources that you used for the assignment.

  • Organize sources alphabetically by the last name of the author or, when not available, the first word of the article title.

  • For assistance with proper citation, please review course material and visit the following link:

Secondary Source #2


Meyerowitz, J. (1993). Beyond The Feminine Mystique: A Reassessment Of Postwar Mass Culture, 1946-1958. Journal of American History 79(4), 1455-1482.






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Due By (Pacific Time) 11/08/2015 02:00 pm
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