Analysis Of The Women's Suffrage Movement

analytical Essay
1132 words
1132 words

Friendships are one of the most underrated supports, successful movements have, not only are they the backbone of these movements, but also friendships can boost morale when a cause seems lost. These connections between leaders and even lower ranking members are the reason why the Women’s Suffrage Movement was a success. The bonds that the leaders of these movements had went way beyond that of having a common belief in the rights of women, these women were friends. Like friends, they bickered and disagreed but when push came to shove, they were on the same side and would see each other through to the end. Baker, in her book “Sisters,” looks not only at the lives of the individual leaders of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, but makes it a point …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how elizabeth cady stanton's friendship with susan b. anthony is a great example of friendships between leaders in the movement.
  • Analyzes how anthony's relationship with lucy stone was more frequently used as an example of friendships in the movement than her’s with stanton.
  • Explains that anthony and elizabeth cady stanton were the perfect team, a mother and single woman, writer, and public speaker/researcher.
  • Opines that the women's suffrage movement was a success not just because on their own these women leaders were strong, independent and amazing at their roles, but also because they were friends with one another.
  • Explains that friendships are one of the most underrated supports, successful movements have, and they can boost morale when a cause seems lost.

Anthony is a great example of friendships between leaders in the movement. Theirs was “an unbroken friendship” that would last through the ages of disagreements and the stresses of being a leader of the movement (Baker p. 91). These two women could not be more different from each other: Stanton was married and Anthony believes activists shouldn’t be married or have children, Anthony says all should have the vote including slaves and women and Stanton believed only those with the educational background to understand what they are voting for should be able to vote. An angering factor for Anthony that caused at time rifts between her and her friends was marriage. Stanton wrote to Anthony that “I will not deal with humanity’s problems until I have finished nursing this baby” a fact that Anthony felt was a complete betrayal of the movement (Baker p. 113). Anthony felt that strong on this topic and this sense of betrayal even fell on her friends who were married when she met them (Baker p. 65). In some cases, these feels of betrayal manifested in subtle changes like changing salutations on letters from “love Susan” to “ With best love, yours truly” and other forms of formal salutations, once that bond was broken it was never fully reformed again (Baker p. 65). Which leads us to Lucy Stone another one of Susan B. Anthony friends and a great leader of the Women’s Suffrage

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