The suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 during which early suffrage leaders including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony proposed the Declaration of Sentiments, a document stating the rights that women demanded (4).Women argued that they deserved to vote as it was a basic right that everyone should be guaranteed as an American citizen (5). Considering that women must obey the same laws and pay the very same taxes as men, it was necessary that they receive a voice in these laws (5). In the coming years following the convention, the women’s rights movement lacked both activity and support; therefore, to become more effective the two largest organizations, The American Woman Suffrage Association and The National Woman Suffrage Association, chose to combine (1,3). Establishing The National American Woman Suffrage Association, with Stanton and Anthony as the leaders, was critical for the eventual attainment of women’s suffrage (1). In 1892 Stanton decided to ultimately resign from her presidency of NAWSA giving way for Anthony to establish control until she too resigned in 1900 (1).
The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Consititution provides women equal voting rights to men, and states citizens’ vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” It is the congress’ job to bring this regulation into focus (Grolier,2009). Women being given the right to vote is important not only to society but also because it has had a significant influence in women’s personal lives. In 1848, the American women's rights movement started, during this movement, even though the leaders of the women’s rights advocated for the Reconstruction amendments , such as Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, these amendment did not promote women’s suffrage. In 1869, the writers of the nineteenth amendment, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony worked in the National Woman Suffrage Association while Lucy Stone led the American Woman Suffrage Association’s state-by-state battle for the vote. After that, the two groups united to form the National American Women Suffrage Association.
Even in the 19th Century there were women who knew that women could do the same things as men, but men thought then, and even some today, think that women are just not capable. Women just want to be seen as equal to the men. Women, or groups of women, had to fight for what they believed in in order to get the rights they wanted and deserved. Strong women fought for equality between men and women through the right to vote. In the late 19th century women wanted the right to vote which was what they called suffrage (Trueman.)
The campaign for women’s suffrage began in the decades before the civil war. At the same time, many people started looking for reforms. People started temperance clubs, religious movements and moral-reform societies, anti-slavery organizations–and in many of these, women played a prominent role (3). The first big step in women’s suffrage was made in 1848, when women’s rights activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott invited men and women to Seneca Falls, NY to discuss the problem of women’s rights. At this convention, the delegates produced a Declaration of Sentiments that states “We hold these truths to be self-evident...that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (3).
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