Women's Suffrage Movement Essay

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Women’s Rights in the United States The Women’s Suffrage Movement was successful in that it achieved its original goal of earning voting rights for women. This movement officially began in the United States in 1848 at the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. They drafted 12 resolutions calling for voting rights for women and overall equal treatment of women. This historic conference created a primary goal of obtaining voting rights for women. The first national women’s rights convention was held two years later in 1850 in Worcester, Massachusetts. This convention held over 1,000 participants and started an annual national convention. In May of 1869, Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Women’s Suffrage Association. This group focuses on achieving women’s voting rights through a congressional amendment. In November of the same year, another group was formed, the American Women’s Suffrage Association, which also had the primary goal of attaining voting rights, but wished to do so through amendments to individual state constitutions. The first state to establish a women’s suffrage movement was the state of Wyoming. Women were allowed to serve on a jury as of December of 1870. In 1890, the first two women’s suffrage groups merged to form the National American Women’s Suffrage Association, or NAWSA. They worked in each state to earn the right to vote for women. In 1893, Colorado was the first state to grant women the right to vote, with Utah, Idaho, Washington, California, Oregon, Kansas, Arizona, Alaska, Illinois, Montana, Nevada, New York, Michigan, South Dakota, and Oklahoma following suit in the next 20 or so years. After finally achieving the primary goal of women’s r... ... middle of paper ... ...ot until 1967 when women gained access to the same education opportunities as white males. President Johnson’s Executive Order 11375 made it illegal to discriminate against minorities and women when searching for future employees or students. Women’s rights are constantly a topic of media discussion today, but the movement back in the 1800s was much less conspicuous than the movement of today, making it more successful. The main problem with women’s rights today is the lack of child care for working mothers. Women in the past were expected to stay at home and take care of the children while the man went out and earned the money for the house. Nobody batted an eye when men were never home to see their children, but when women began joining the workforce, it was suddenly unacceptable for them to not be home with the kids all the time, making them bad mothers.

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