Should Women Have The Right To Vote

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Historically, women have stood in the shadows of men as their companions and supporters. They have been treated as though they were politically and socially inferior; mere pieces of property belonging to the men they were married to. Subdued by men for thousands of years, early modern feminist movements were met with pure animosity. Only in the last hundred years have restrictions on women been lifted, restrictions such as the ones that limited the majority of the American female population to be unable to vote. Even though they composed half of the population, their voices were never heard from. Their individual views were not to be expressed except to their husbands and only behind closed doors, and even then, it was dangerous for them to …show more content…

Howe suggest that women should be treated the same as men because anyone who is forced to follow the rules of a nation should have a say-so in the creation of those rules. Women are an equal part of humanity, neither gender is lesser nor greater than its opposite. Each has a brain that can be used as a benefit to society. As explained in the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions: Adopted by the Seneca Falls Conventions,
“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; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Powerful advocates of the Women’s Suffrage Movement like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony explain how important it is to treat women equally and how they should be able to give consent to the choosing of their government. In addition, in History Vaults article, it explains how, “Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. Around this time, the two created and produced The Revolution, a weekly publication that lobbied for women’s rights. Later the pair edited three volumes of History of Woman Suffrage together.” (History). These influential matriarchs …show more content…

Bissell explains, “She must take it all from her husband.”(Bissell). However, not every woman at the time had a husband, and not every wife that did held the same opinions as him. In today’s society, it is becoming more common for women to be unwed. This means there are far more women that have no male head of household to agree with in decision making, such as who they would vote for, because they are the head of their household. In a recent census it was documented that, “The number of unmarried women in America 18 and older in 2014 is about 60 million. This group made up 45 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.” (United State Census). If women did not have the opportunity to vote, then 45 percent of American households would go without representation and be unheard

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