The Impact Of Women's Suffrage In America

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Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” The US Constitution provides all Americans with the right to peacefully petition the laws made by the government. Children living in the United States are taught from a very young age to use their voice to stand up for what they believe in because America gives its people the freedom to change the law. The United States would look nothing like it does now without the freedom of petition. Without the right to petition, American schools would still be segregated between African Americans and whites and most women would still only be housewives with no job of their own. Some of the everyday things experienced in America…show more content…
In fact, the GNP in America grew 4.2% per year from 1920 to 1929 (“19th Amendment Change”). Before the passage of the 19th Amendment women could not serve on juries, women weren’t supposed to work, but they were supposed to stay home and cook and clean. Before the 19th Amendment women were only able to marry to ensure economic stability (Williamson). After the 19th Amendment, however, men began to see woman as more and more equal because of the fight they put up to obtain the right to vote and the help the provided by women throughout the war. The respect that women gained also helped them get better opportunities to higher education and stable job opportunities (Williamson). Women also had the opportunity to make things better for themselves. After the 19th Amendment passed, women voted for higher education for women, fairer wages and better health care programs. The economy grew so dramatically once woman had the right to vote because they had access to better jobs and higher wages so there was more money circulating around the country which helped the Economy a great deal (Williamson). Women’s Suffrage Movement had a impact on America because women can now use their voices and help better the country not for just women, but for…show more content…
After the March on Washington, African Americans were inspired to protst and use their voice to make a change. With their voices they protestd that the Civil Rights Act didnt go far enough because it did not protect African American voting rights (Trodd). Laws were passed that allowed all races to vote after the Emancipation Prolomation. White supremisits created loopholes to keep African Americans from voting, like poll taxes, which put a high tax that had to pay before voting that most African Americans could not afford, and literacy tests, that were almost impossible and the people in charge would pass all the white people who took the test, but fail all the African Americans. The Voting Rights Act phorbid both literacy tests and poll taxes, and made sure the Justice Department would take over voting in any cities that had trouble adapting to the new law (Trodd). The Voting Rights Act not only gave African Americans the new freedom of voting, it also help them get more benifits beyond polotics. Similar to what happened when women gained the right to vote, now that African Americans could vote, polticians started tending to African Americans every need to get their vote and win the election. African Americans also stated being elected into office, who would also help African Americans in their fight to
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