For nearly one hundred and fifty years, The United States of America claimed to be made “By the people, for the People” but denied the most basic rights to half of the population. Women were seen by American society as second-class citizens, existing exclusively to assist others and be subservient to men. Many women during this time did not agree on this topic and choose to fight back against the patriarchy. Women like this just wanted to have the same respect as any other man in society. The women who fought back were largely associated with the National Women Suffrage Association.
The movement started as a convention in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. The convention discussed the rights of women, and decided women needed to have a political identity. On August 26, 1920 the 19th amendment was added to the constitution, which said no one should be denied the right to vote based on sex. After 72 years of protests, rallies and marches, women were finally guaranteed the right to vote (The fight for women’s suffrage 2009 & The 19th amendment n.d).
Student's Name Professor's Name Course Date Women Voting Rights The speeches delivered by Susan B Anthony and candy Stanton represent a nation that has no universal rules and that which discriminate against women. Anthony and Stanton set up the American equal rights association in 1868 which sought to bring equality for the men and women. The women were instrumental in fighting for the female’s voting rights which took place in 1920 after the 19th amendment to the US constitution. The two great women helped fight for the suffrage of the women in The United States.
As Karen Morley said, “ I spoke out on women’s rights, like equal pay for equal work.” ("Karen Morley Quote.") Women started publishing books about women rights, hoped to change the rule, gain right, from government and become equal to men. During 1832 William Lloyd Garrison, the American abolitionist, created an organization that focused on abolition and encouraged women attending Anti-Slavery Society.
One major thing that she did was to vote illegally in the 1872 election. She was arrested afterwards, and they held a trial where they pressed charges. They were never paid off (Susan, Bio). The real question is though, did the daring duo fulfill their
Janie`s feminism is visible also through her strong sense of individualism. Her story presented in the novel is often considered “as a vehicle of feminist protest through its condemnation of the restrictiveness of bourgeois marriage and through its exploration of intraracial sexism and male violence” (Jordan, 1988). Her struggle in which she wants to free herself from her grandmother`s influence is presented as a gradual process. In her first marriage, she is not strong enough to decide for herself. More importantly, Janie gets married for the first time because her grandmother wants her to do so.
In 1912 he was nominated t be a presidential candidate. In 1917 Woodrow thought it best to declare war on Germany and he tried to do so. Wilson also won the Nobel Prize for trying to help make peace. Groups Women’s Christian temperance Union: Founded in Cleveland, Ohio in November of 1874 as a non-violent womens protest of the dangers of alcohol.
In October, 1903, together with her daughters, Emmeline created the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), with a permanent motto of “Deeds, not words.” The organization was so named to “emphasize its democracy” and “define its object as political rather than propagandist.” The WSPU was also composed of women from all the different classes, exclaiming that women suffrage was desired by all women. A unique aggressive militant tactics that defied the notion of ‘proper women’ was adopted, such as disrupting parliament members’ speeches, held street meetings to increase people’s awareness, and strikes.
Lasting Effects of the Women's Suffrage Movement A century ago, the United States was a very different place, especially for women. They did not have the same rights as men. For example, they were excluded from inheriting property on the same terms as men, serving on a jury, opening a bank account, applying for a loan, attending Ivy League colleges, and also had a limited voice in their government because they were not allowed to vote. Ironically, the constitution did not explicitly deny women the right to vote, but since they were not allowed to do so many other things, it made sense that voting was restricted as well.
After protesting in front of the White House, the president decided to support women's suffrage. Soon Congress passed the amendment. Once they passed the amendment, it was the state's decision on whether or not they wanted to ratify it. Finally in 1920, women won the right to vote. Paul was still not satisfied, she spent the rest of her life working on a new Constitutional Amendment, known as the Equal Rights Amendment.
Daughters of an affluent slave owner in Charleston South Carolina, they began by speaking to female audiences. Soon after, they were giving speeches to men and women. These speeches created controversy everywhere the Grimke sisters went. In 1837 in Massachusetts, an association of the state’s most popular Congregational church issued a statement condemning any women “who so far forget themselves as to itinerate in the character of public lecturers and teachers.” Attacks made against them spurred the Grimke’s to make the equality of women a more important part of their message.
The Equal Rights Amendment and the Struggle for Women’s Rights The American women’s rights movement has come a long way in the last century. This branch of the civil rights movement worked towards achieving equality for women in various areas over the years, from voting to abortion. One of the goals of the movement since the beginning of the 20th century has been the addition of an amendment to the constitution protecting citizens from gender discrimination.
The Declaration Sentiment The movements of American women grew as a result of an abolitionist drive of that happened between the 1830s and 1840s. In the ancient America, gender roles were enshrined in laws in most societies. Women were to get married and take care of their families. No woman was allowed to go out of their homestead once they got married to a working husband.
In 1776, the founding fathers faced the question, "How will we liberate our country?" In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton faced the question, "How will I liberate my fellow women?" A leader of the blossoming Women's Rights Movement, Elizabeth Stanton wrote the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions-a document enumerating the injustices done to women and how to solve them-during the antebellum period. In the antebellum period, discussions of rights were occurring because of the rising abolition movement; including discussions of the rights, or lack of, for women. Stanton hoped to incite guilt and courage from her audience by using the structure and lines of the Declaration of Independence which the American people coveted.
During the early to mid 1800s, the colonization of “Indians” and subordination of “women’s rights in the American society,” was very essential to those in authority. They were perceived as a mere means to an end by promises of a better life in exchange for “land and work.” Although locals complied, those in offices took advantage by using antagonistic tactics in achieving wealth, power, and ownership. However, these actions lead to “The First Seminole War, The Monroe Doctrine, Andrew Jackson’s leadership, The Indian Removal Act, The California Gold Rush, The Seneca Falls Convention, and the Birth of the Republican Party.” Although some Americans have been perceived as heroes, their actions have said otherwise about their character.