During colonial times, only men with property could vote. But when the new era of the 1700's came, women wanted change. One of the things they wanted was the right to vote. The nineteenth amendment of the United State’s Constitution states that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” This new amendment gave women the right to vote. The road to this victory, however, was not easy. Women had to fight to get political power and to do this they needed to come together and organize a movement. To understand how the movement was born, it helps to know why they couldn’t vote in the first place. One reason is that women were regarded as less intelligent. Very few girls went to town schools or academies.But, women were able to get more education …show more content…
In the 1700's, colonial powers thought everyone should have a say in the government. The movement took off in 1848 when the first public appeal happened. Two important reformers are Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. They called the first convention at Seneca Falls, New York, in July 1848. At the convention, they decided they wanted women to have equal rights in education, property, and voting. "Men do not realize how serious are the changes that are taking place in the conduct of Congress. Women will have to inform them " (The Suffragist, Alice Paul, and Rheta Childe Dorr). Another important person in women’s suffrage was Susan B. Anthony. In 1866, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony helped establish the American Equal Rights Association. The AERA's job was to make it legal for women and African American males to vote. During the 1872 presidential election, Anthony and a group of women illegally voted in Rochester, New York. They were arrested, but through her schemes, she helped prove a point: it was consequential that women be allowed the right to
Women were trying to get the vote for many years before 1900, however this was not a serious concern and they were not doing much to achieve this. However in 1900 this all changed. The NUWSS (Suffragists) and the WSPU (Suffragettes) were set up in the early years of 1900; their goal was to allow women to get the vote. Their reason was that women were already allowed to work on city councils and become doctors, some notable ones too such as Florence Nightingale. The NUWSS believed that if women were house owners and had respectable jobs they should be allowed to vote. This is because men who were allowed to vote could be white slave owners and lunatics so why could these men vote and women could not? Notably however Queen Elizabeth herself proclaimed that women should not get muddled up with the world of politics.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.” (Elizabeth, 1815). The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gave women a right to vote as well as men. The movement to give the right to vote for women through the 19th Amendment was a Suffrage movement. The Suffrage movement had continued since the Civil War, but the 13th, 14th and 15th amendment (it is related to the right to citizen) did not cover the right to vote for women. The 19th Amendment and the Suffrage movement have changed the lives of women in society.
However in the mid 1800’s women began to fight for their rights, and in particular the right to vote. In July of 1848 the first women's rights conventions was held in Seneca Falls, New York. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was tasked with drawing up the Declaration of Sentiments a declaration that would define and guide the meeting. Soon after men and women signed the Declaration of Sentiments, this was the beginning of the fight for women’s rights. 1850 was the first annual National Women’s rights convention which continued to take place through to upcoming years and continued to grow each year eventually having a rate of 1000 people each convention. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were the two leaders of the Women’s Rights Movement, in 1869 they formed the National Woman suffrage Association with it’s primary goal being to achieve voting by Congressional Amendment to the Constitution. Going ahead a few years, in 1872 Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting in the nation election, nevertheless, she continued to fight for women’s rights the rest of her life. It wouldn’t be until 1920 till the 19th amendment would be
In the beginning of the 1840s and into the 1850s, a rather modest women’s reform was in the process. This group was full of visionaries that began a movement that would soon lobby in change and this movement was the groundwork of equality for women and their right to vote within in the United States. Despite their efforts this movement required a length of seventy years to establish this necessarily equality and the right for all women to vote along the side of men. According to the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOUNDATION “After male organizers excluded women from attending an anti-slavery conference, American abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott decided to call the “First Woman’s Rights Convention.” Held over several days in
As the 19th century progressed, women were quite successful as they were able to get the civil rights such as to vote in local elections. However, some women wanted the right to vote in parliamentary elections. These women joined a campaign called the suffrage movement. I will explain all the factors of why women didn’t gain the right to vote before 1914 in this essay.
On August 18, 1920 the nineteenth amendment was fully ratified. It was now legal for women to vote on Election Day in the United States. When Election Day came around in 1920 women across the nation filled the voting booths. They finally had a chance to vote for what they thought was best. Not only did they get the right to vote but they also got many other social and economic rights. They were more highly thought of. Some people may still have not agreed with this but they couldn’t do anything about it now. Now that they had the right to vote women did not rush into anything they took their time of the right they had.
Susan B. Anthony who was a Quaker, was therefore opposed to the immorality slavery but also played a role in the movement calling for equality and rights of women. Anthony was inspired by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was also active in both movements, but very famous for her aggressive action in the Women's Movement, which can be shown by Document I. Elizabeth Cady Stanton played a very important role in The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. This convention also sought to expand democratic ideals, and more radically than perhaps any other event of any movement. They produced a declaration which stated that all men and women are created equal, and should therefore be treated equal. Stanton believed that women should be equally "represented in the government" and demanded for the right to vote.
After decades of fighting for women’s suffrage, the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 which guaranteed women the right to vote; leading another step towards gender equality. Great women suffrage leaders such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton finally received a result from their years of hard work to gain support for women’s suffrage
As source B states, due to the removal of The Sex Disqualification Act in 1919, it was illegal to exclude women from jobs just because of their gender (BBC, 2018). This led to women being given the right to vote. Factual secondary source J states that NAWSA, National American Women's Suffrage Association and NWP were two significant Women's suffrage associations that made this happen. Both associations had a purpose to secure equal rights to all American citizens, especially the right of suffrage, irrespective of race, colour or gender. This was the most significant achievement for women in that era. (source
The history of The Women’s Suffrage Movement was a long one that first started in 1848. Although it wasn’t until the late 1880s and early 1900s the Women’s Suffrage Movement was close to their goal, although it seemed far from it. By the 1880s the two women’s suffrage groups, The American’s Women Suffrage Association and the Nation Women’s Suffrage Association, were struggling to keep support. During the late at 1880s the two organizations had a great number of women volunteers in middle-class women to extend their reach outside of the home. (568) Taking advantage of this in 1890, the NWSA and the AWSA merged to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) with Elizabeth Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone as officers. In the same year Wyoming became the first state with voting rights for women. (3)
Women were not allowed to vote in the nineteenth century. This was mainly due to opposing views sweeping America at that time, which were pushed forward by two well known political arguments-a report from the Senate's Committee on Priviledges and Elections and an address by Isabella Beecher Hooker. In 1878, the Senate Committee wrote a response to a proposed constitutional amendment that would give women the right to vote, stating the main reasons why women shouldn't be given the ability. Some of these reasons announced that female voters had no experience in political affairs, while being quite generally dependent upon the other sex and incapable of performing military duty. Without the power to enforce the laws they could create, what good
In August 18, 1920, the U.S. Constitution Granted U.S. women a right. That was the right of vote. In American history women had no right to vote or be part of government. They were born to be at home and do the house choir and motherhood. They had no right to educate or go out, thus the 19th amendment was approved that gave the women the right to vote (Matthew, 2017). Having the right of votes for women was not easy. It was given to them after years of fighting and struggling, after fighting and protesting so long for their rights they were finally victorious. Women in America were finally given their rights. One of the most important freedom given to women in 19th amendment is their rights. This essay will investigate how women were given the right to be equality, the right to vote and be part of government, and also, how this amendment affected the lives of women.
As Susan B. Anthony once said, “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers”. As a matter of fact, during the mid-19th century, a movement called the Women’s Suffrage has begun to achieve some progress until the Progressive Era. However, some Americans feel that if it still needs some work and completion. The Women’s suffrage was all about achieving equal rights for women and it was granted by the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Hence, all women stood together and fought with the hope of earning their rights, so their future generations can appreciate the equality among women and men. The rights and privileges fought for by the suffragettes have been achieved somewhat throughout in
... to stop in order to help their country flight the war. They understand they needed to helping on the home front and this was the time for them to step up and show the British Parliament how valuable they are to their country. Lobbying did take place quietly, some women suffrage groups saw this time for to show they can do the same jobs as men and contribute to the war efforts. In 1918 passed the Representation of the People Act and enfranchising women over the age of 30 who meet property qualifications. This act was the stating of women gaining equality to men. Even though, women had to meet qualifications to vote, it was a start in changing society view on women’s rights. In 1928, ten year after the Representation of the People Act, the Conservative government passed the Representation of the People Act finally giving women vote right to all over the age of 21.
Beginning in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century women began to vocalize their opinions and desires for the right to vote. The Women’s Suffrage movement paved the way to the nineteenth Amendment in the United States Constitution that allowed women that right. The Women’s Suffrage movement started a movement for equal rights for women that has continued to propel equal opportunities for women throughout the country. The Women’s Liberation Movement has sparked better opportunities, demanded respect and pioneered the path for women entering in the workforce that was started by the right to vote and given momentum in the late 1950s.