During the progressive era there were several major social issues that were hard to overcome. The progressive era was a time that, reformers sought to harness the power of the federal government to eliminate unethical and unfair business practices, and reduce corruption.included problems with segregation, women voting rights, and the urban poor. Racial segregation was a system created by the efforts of white Americans to keep African Americans in a subordinate status by denying them equal access to public facilities and ensuring that blacks lived separate from whites. During the era of slavery, most African Americans resided in the South, mainly in rural areas. Black didnt have the same right as whites or many abilities. They couldn’t do the same thing as the whites, go to the same schools, parks, or places. Segregation was apart of the Jim Crow Laws. Women voting rights were passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. The 19th amendment guarantees all American women can vote. Before these laws were passed women were not able to vote. In some states women could vote if the law was already passed. In the late 1800’s and 1900’s women not only worked to gain the right to vote, they also worked for broad based economic and political and for social reforms.The Urban Poor had very little. They had low quality of things they were the most in need. It wasn’t easy for them, during the progressive. They lived in crowded tenements and crowded communities. Their were mostly immigrants and received help from settlement houses and religious organizations. The four goals that the progressives efforts shared were protecting social welfare, fostering efficiency, creating economic reform, and promoting moral improvement. Many social welfare reformers worked to soften some of the harsh conditions of industrialization. Promoting moral improvement reformers felt that morality, not the workplace, held the key to improving the lives of poor people. Prohibitionist groups feared that alcohol was undermining American morals.