In 1874, Susan B. Anthony was jailed for trying to exercise the right that all men were granted but every woman was denied, the right to vote (Document 1). Twenty six years earlier, the first women’s right movement convention was held to discuss the stark disparity between the genders. A fight that would last for seventy years, the fight for the vote, was a pivotal era in the fight for viewing women as equals. This was a fight against society that has little progress for a long time and the reasoning why is clear. The struggle of women is not a unique story, and the denial of suffrage and equality was led by men because of man's fear of losing power and control in society. Equality was viewed by men as an attempt to suffocate them from society. …show more content…
An official document from the National American Woman Suffrage Association describes the many reasons that females should get the vote. More than a few complaints talk about the unfair treatment of women by men, such as the final statement, which reads, “They should vote equally with men, because women are citizens of a govekrnment of the people, by the people, and for the people, and women are people” (Document 7). When someone holds power over another person, a tactic that is used to validate this dehumanization. Men disregarded women so denying them the right to participate in a free government was an easy rejection. And while men saw these strong women as a threat to their power, women saw the leaders of this movement as saviors. Men executed their power over women daily, and it made any form of rebellion difficult and dangerous. Political cartoons were made portraying Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony sitting next to George Washington (Document 3). These praised these strong women. Cartoons were also made that victimized men and created scenarios that made women seem villainous for voting (Document 4). While women praised the movement that fought for their right to vote, men feared losing power, mocked the women involved, and victimized
During the 1800s, women did not have the right to vote and were denied many other rights that all men had. In 1872, Anthony voted in the presidential election. Two weeks later, she was arrested. After her charge, Anthony gave her famous “Women's Right to Suffrage” speech. She stated in her speech,”It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen’s rights.”
As people were living their lives there was a revolution happening an immense one. “The civil rights movement was the largest social movement of the 20th century in the United States.” (Scholastic go, Civil Rights Movement : An overview) The civil rights movement also persuaded the women and student rights movement. “Even though the civil war had officially abolished slavery, it didn't end discrimination against African Americans.”
In the 1800s, women in the United States were refused many of the rights accessible to men. One of the many rights was the right to vote. In protest to the voting laws, a brave woman by the name of Susan B. Anthony fought for the fights of women. Anthony voted illegally in the presidential election of 1872. Consequently, she was arrested and charged with a $100 fine which she refused to pay.
Before August 18th, 1920, only men could vote in the United States. One person that helped to right this wrong was Carrie Chapman Catt. In Carrie Chapman Catt’s address to Congress on women’s suffrage, she uses logos, pathos, and other rhetorical devices to convince Congress to give women more rights. One tool that helps make this speech as effective as it is is logos. She demonstrates logos when introducing the second reason as to why women’s suffrage is inevitable.
Susan Brownell Anthony, a woman of abstinence, abolition, and African-American rights. A brave soul who took pride in trying to fight not only for her rights, but all of the fellow ladies and underprivileged people who did not really have a say. She was a kind woman who simply fought for what she believed in and those happened to be some of the most common human rights that we now have because of people like her. Rights to be payed the same. Rights to vote the same.
August of 1920, the year that became a remarkable change for women, allowing them to vote. Before that, women weren’t allowed to vote and women such as Susan B. Anthony fought for that right. In her letter “On Women’s Right to Vote”, she furthers her purpose by telling all the citizens of the United States that women are people too and are entitled the right to vote just as their male companions. Throughout the speech, Anthony uses pathos, ethos, logos and other rhetorical devices to push her point across.
In addition to using examples of the Constitution, she used quotes from political figures and the Declaration of Independence, which discuss human rights, but then questions why women would not be included. Her intention behind this speech was to prove that there is an injustice in not allowing women to vote and arresting them for voting. Susan B. Anthony executes this speech using logical, emotional, and ethical appeals towards the audience. Not only was this speech’s purpose to inspire women to make a difference, but also to encourage men to do so as well, since they legally could.
Unfortunately back to the 1920s man did not think women were necessary, in fact that all the women were being excluded from politics, sports, jobs and education. Women’s suffrage struggled with not only being accepted in society in daily activities, but fighting for the right to vote, the access to higher education, being excluded from jobs, equal payment opportunities, and sports activities. On the 1920s the right to vote was not designated for women. At that time woman were considerate as child-like and incapable of independent thought.
Apathy of the general political population is often the biggest enemy of a social movement. If any movement, regardless of how powerful the subject matter may be, fails to gain the attention of the masses, it is likely to fail. In fact, the woman’s suffrage movement was particularly susceptible to failure for a whole host of reasons. One of these reasons was the growing number of women who stood in vocal opposition of the right to vote. In 1915, a New York protest for suffrage yielded 100,000 supporters of a woman’s right to vote.
“ A crusade in political education by women and for women, and for most of its existence, a crusade in search of a consistency” this quote by historian Nancy Woloch describes early suffragists efforts to take one step further to equality among men and women (Office of the Historian, 2007). The women 's suffrage movement changed the political, social and economic stance of women in The United States during the early twentieth century. Today women are one step closer to full equality of the sexes because of the women who fought for suffrage. Before this became the huge movement it was still legal for some women to vote in a few states. In Massachusetts and New York emphasis placed on owning property was the determining factor in voting rights.
Susan B. Anthony, a woman who was arrested for illegally voting in the president election of 1872, in her “On Women's Right to Vote” speech, argues that women deserve to be treated as citizens of America and be able to vote and have all the rights that white males in America have. She begins by introducing her purpose, then provides evidence of how women are citizens of America, not just males by using the preamble of the Constitution, then goes on about the how this problem has became a big problem and occurs in every home in the nation, and finally states that women deserve rights because the discrimination against them is not valid because the laws and constitutions give rights to every CITIZEN in America. Anthony purpose is to make the woman of America realize that the treatment and limitations that hold them back are not correct because they are citizens and they deserve to be treated like one. She adopts a expressive and confident tone to encourage and light the hearts of American woman. To make her speech effective, she incorporates ethos in her speech to support her claims and reasons.
Sadly, this is what made up women’s lives for a long period of time. Over the next seventy years, women had signed petitions, made speeches, and even marched in parades to earn the rights they have today. (http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/women-who-fought-for-the-vote)
For a very long time, the voting rights of the citizens have been a problem in the US. It started out with only men with land being able to vote, and then expanded to white men, and then to all men. However, women were never in the situation, they were disregarded and believed to not be worthy enough to have the same rights as men. They were essentially being treated as property, therefore having no rights. But, in Susan B. Anthony’s speech, she hits upon the point that women are just as righteous as men.
At the Women’s Suffrage Convention in Washington D.C., Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the most influential women’s activists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, delivers a completely stunning and powerful clamor for change. During the late nineteenth century, all men gain complete egalitarianism, and the government grants equal opportunity for the males only. In her speech, “The Destructive Male,” Stanton details the long list of women’s forgotten rights. In Washington D.C., Elizabeth Cady Stanton forces the entire world to listen and respond as she delivers the cries of oppressed women, proving the reality of their injustice and the need for demolition of the rigged patriarchy. She uses strong, persuasive figurative language
In the 18th and 19th centuries, women were treated as inferior and there ideas were suppressed. Women’s places were in the homes. They had no voting rights, no career opportunities, no say, no freedom. These retrained women had enough, and so many stood up for themselves and others. Suffragette was the name granted to these women.