The Role of Women in The 1920's

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Up until the 1920s, women’s struggle for their right to vote seemed to be a futile one. They had been fighting for their suffrage for a long time, starting numerous women's rights movements and abolitionist activists groups to achieve their goal. “The campaign for women’s suffrage began in earnest in the decades before the Civil War. During the 1820s and 30s, most states had enfranchised almost all white males (“The Fight for Women's Suffrage” ). This sparked women to play a more emphatic role in society. They began to participate in anti-slavery organizations, religious movements, and even meetings where they discussed that when the Constitution states "that all men 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," it should include women as well. In 1869, there were many arguments among women when the 15th Amendment was proposed, giving black men the right to vote. Some argued that this was unfair because women still did not have their suffrage, yet others argued that the 15th amendment was acceptable because once the black man was enfranchised, women would follow suit (Grolier). Those who supported the 15th-Amendment formed a group called the American Woman Suffrage Association and fought for their enfranchisement on a state-by-state basis. Those who rejected the amendment started the National Woman

Suffrage Association and began to fight for a universal-suffrage amendment to the federal Constitution (“The Fight for Women's Suffrage” ). Eventually, these two organizations became one in 1890. They called themselves the National American Woman Suffrage Association and appointed Elizabeth Cady Stanton as their first pres...

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