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The Women's Suffrage Movement


            Today women are now seen equal to a man all because of the 19th amendment. Back then the traditional view of women was to stay at home mom, clean, raise children, and to help with the family farm. In the 1800s men were the one in power. In their homes, in the workplace, and everywhere else. After going through three amendments later and about 90 solid years of fighting hard for women's rights they came up with the 19th amendment.
             The 19th amendment granted the American women the right to vote; a right known as women's suffrage. This task was not easy to achieve, since the male domination over powered women views and assumed that women were unschooled, ignorant, and their say was unimportant. The fight for women's suffrage began around the 1800's when Frederick Douglass gave a speech about women at the Seneca Falls Convention in upstate New York. That speech helped the women and their cause to have rights. More than 300 women showed up and a few men came. The Seneca Falls Convention, in 1848, "stated the injustices suffered by women." These injustices included " the denial of the right to vote, the fact that a married woman gave control of her property to her husband, the exclusion of women from the professions, and the nearly absolute legal control of women by men. (pg.305, Conlin) It showed the society, that women are not uneducated nor ignorant. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were the ones that form the National Woman Suffrage Association. They shared to other women as well as to the public society that they were not ¬†uneducated and more than a housewife. Then we had Alice Paul who was the founder of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, then later became the National Women's Party. It may have taken women a long time to achieve the right of suffrage in spite of their conservative views. Women protested, wrote letters, organized marches, and united their members. In 1896 only 4 states which were Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho gave the right to vote.


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