When thinking of the word progressive, the first thing that comes to mind is innovative. Then, when looking into the history of the Progressive Era, it is full of innovative people implementing a new way of life for the American people and setting it into action. (Hence the steamroller political cartoon) This is exactly what the Progressives have done during this time. They changed the conditions for the working-class by requiring government to regulate safety, wages, and hours of businesses. Progressives fought for women to have the right to vote there after the succession of the regulation to have clean, refrigerated milk for a mothers’ children.
These Progressives fought for the “little guy”, those that didn’t have the means, the voice, the guts to stand up and say that this was wrong. Sure, the American nation may have been the most torn up nation due to striking, but would it have really made the impact that the Progressives made? More than likely not. Progressives not only helped to regulate the conditions for the working-class people, they formed to stop political corruption and to empower the people of America. Giving the American people a voice to form a democracy was at the forefront of their vision.
Many Progressives were that of women. With having little to no rights as a woman during this time, they fought for the women’s right to vote. After succeeding in a constitutional amendment for the women’s right to vote, it gave the women of America a sense of safety for themselves and their families. From this moment on women will only become more active in movements and fighting for what they want. This is the stepping stone to the many historically famous American women that we know of today.
Now, imagine a work day that is as long as your tiresome and aching body can possibly handle. Your job is a high risk for a serious injury that your wages would not be able to cover for any sort of medical attention, therefore resulting in a risk of death. Where your only child, a son at the age of 11 would then have to begin working to help provide for the family. It’s hard to imagine such a life, with how our government has regulated business through set hours, minimum wage, child labor, and safety laws. These laws were made to keep the American people working. Without work there would be no money, without money there would be no business and without work, money, and business there would be no progression of the American nation. Government regulation is necessary for our nation to thrive and continue to do so.