In addition, the recall allowed voters to get rid of public officials from elected positions by having them run in another election before their time was up if enough voters wanted it. Direct election was another great thing in politics during the Progressive Era because it made way for the 17th amendment so it helped Americans have a say in politics. Eventually women had their own reform too; the National American Suffrage Association formed by Elizabeth C. Stanton and Susan B. Anthony one of the leaders of women suffrage. Both women were able to pave the way for the 19th Amendment giving women to right to vote in
The “Progressive Movement was an early-20th century reform movement seeking to return control of the government to the people, to restore economic opportunity, and to correct injustices in American life.” (Danzer R54). The Progressive Era marked the end of the “Gilded Ages” and a start of a new era. The Progressive Era started in 1901 in the United States (Fagnilli 26). There were many major reforms in the Progressive Era that altered and advanced American society. Some of these advancements included urban problems such as working conditions, slums, and poverty, political corruption, economic problems, injustice and social issues affecting people, and the morality of Americans (Fagnilli 26).
This book also had positive and negative points. For example, a positive point is how women were trying to become independent, as well as gain their individual rights. “In a lengthy series of resolutions, Cady Stanton and the others called for an end to all discrimination based on sex. Cady Stanton’s appropriation of the Declaration of Independence was a brilliant propagandistic stroke.” (Banner 40-41) In the attempt of gaining their rights, Cady Stanton and other women gathered the strength to speak demand their suffrage. “She proposed that the Declaration of Sentiments demand suffrage for women.
Women argued to stop economic norms that limited women’s employment, education, and role in politics. People who dominated the suffrage movement were white, and native-born, working class women who didn’t believe in a superior race. National Woman's Suffrage Association (NWSA) was devoted in the direction of improving women’s education and altering the social structure of how women are viewed and treated. The historical importance of NWSA in advance of women’s education and allowed women to receive more job employments. However, NWP focused on gaining women the right to vote.
In 1912,Paul became a member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The Woman's Suffrage Association was the struggle for the right of women to vote. Alice Paul, a women's’ rights activist, founded the women’s suffrage party and played a key role in advocating and ratifying the nineteenth amendment. Alice Paul took a stand for women’s rights by dedicating her life to securing equal rights for women. There were very few women who highly impacted the Women’s Suffrage Movement as much as Alice Paul did.
“The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 by members of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) as a nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping women use their newly established right to vote to influence the public policy arena” (Shulte 1). Though women had gotten the right to vote their fight was not over, they still had much to do. The League of Women Voters opted to become a government organization that focused on the issues of all citizens instead of just women (Shulte 1). Women were not the only people that needed a step up in the world and the League tried to help all of the minorities. Gender provided a useful category for the League’s member activism in the mid-twentieth century.
The Progressive era became an iconic time that would not exist if the U.S. was not a democracy. Individuals became empowered to change after seeing all the problems that industrialization created. Progressive era reformers in the late 19th to the early 20th century believed in constructing a new order to improve American welfare. During the progressive movement many progressives such as Robert F. La Follete and Jane Addams sought to generate reform for fairness and to enhance moral values. As a civic duty, progressives such as W.E.B Du Bois fought against the racial injustice in America as well as establish a new order to create a more virtuous society.
The idea of republican motherhood and the cult of domesticity are two contrasting ideas of how women should be living their life around the times of the 1800s. The republican motherhood was a movement that women should be educated and are able to live individual lives without men providing for them. The cult of domesticity was a view that women should be stay-at-home wives, take care of the children, and provide comfort to the husband when he is home. The biggest difference of these two movements was the decision to educate women. Republican motherhood was all for the educating of women but the cult of domesticity wanted the opposite: no education for women.
Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who were leaders of the National American Women’s Suffrage Movement (NAWSA). Compared to other countries, the United States had fallen behind in giving women the vote. As Anthony and Stanton were getting older, they decided to pass some of their leadership responsibilities in NAWSA to people who were younger than they were. When the younger generation took over, they had three subjects they wanted to address. “The first was that women needed the vote to pass self-protection laws to guard against rapists and unsafe industrial work.
She helped women get rights so the 19th amendment was made, it granted women the right to vote. Elizabeth Stanton wanted women to have rights. She couldn’t do this alone. She partnered up with Anthony to get a better chance of getting women rights. This is why women can vote today.