Furthermore, there were unequal wages between men and women. Even though women were able to work, they were not fully able to experience it because of the low pay they received. Often, this discouraged women from working or being ambitious about their future. Pankhurst questions, "How is it, the, that some of you have nothing but ridicule and contempt and [condemnation] for women who are fighting for exactly the same thing? In other words, men are sympathetic to women in other countries, but are not sympathetic to women in their own country.
When we go back to 19th century that was the time when it was witnessed that the male suffrage was prevailing in a number of countries and women suffrage was not there and somehow it ignited a spark among women to fight for themselves and for their rights so that they could be treated as humans and not as animals. In the year 1893, women were able to achieve equal voting rights at national level in New Zealand. The same pattern was followed in Australia in 1902. However, in America, England and Canada women could achieve same voting rights only after the First World War ended. Then came into being the famous movement called The Suffrage Movement during which the women fought for their equal voting rights which all men were enjoying at that time because they were of the view that they were a part of the society too and they deserve all the rights to elect their representatives.
Who were the founders and what methods did they use? What were their successes and/or failures? Women’s Suffrage Movement gave women the right to vote in elections during the late 19th century. Women organizations nationally and even globally formed efforts to gain voting and equal civil rights for women. Women's Suffrage Movement has taught many students about the importance of gender equality and how women deserve the same rights and benefits that a man is given.
Women Suffrage movement began more active after 1894. For example, “In New York City, Josephine Shaw Lowell and Mary Putnam Jacobi formed the Woman Municipal League." (Dubois, 189) This organization was primary focusing on the corruption of public. “By the early 1900s, moreover, the spirit of political reform in New York City spread beyond the elite.” (Dubois, 189) For instance, African American women also began their suffrage by forming the National Association of Colored Women in 1903. "…with links to the Democratic Party and the labor movement, A Women's Henry George Society, and a female wing of William Randolph Hearst's Independence League."
The social aspect of the abolition movement led to the visible democratic changes in society and politics. The Wilmot Proviso, which was proposed and written in 1846, provided an example of an opposing view in this controversial topic. The demand for abolition in America opened the doors for women to fight for their rights, too.
The women’s suffrage movement paved the way for equal voting rights for all women throughout the twentieth century. Many strong and inspiring women fought for the rights that we now have today. One of them, including Alice Paul. Paul played a major role in pressuring Congress to pass the 19th amendment. Instead of sitting quietly in peaceful protests and campaigns, she refused to be a small voice in a sea of power-hungry men and oppressed women and made herself and women’s struggles known to America.
That is the right to vote. Many men during this time had very onservitive views on what a women is allowed to do. They expected very little from them and women were frowned upon for voicing their opinons. Jane Addams changes all that and gave the women the couage and confidence they needed to fight for what they deserve. Some even called her the “key voice of women and a key progressice reformer” (teachinghistory.org).
They held many meetings and conventions to discuss about how they were going to fight for their rights. "In July 1848, the Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, N.Y. It was the opening salvo of the battle for women’s suffrage, although many years would pass before its proponents would finally achieve victory" ("Women 's Rights Convention"). This was one of the first steps in the road to freedom for women. They also had many supporters to make the United States of America pass the law for women to vote and have the rights men have.
There was a first wave and second wave of feminism that took place in the late 19th and 20th century. This first wave brought many changes. Women of this time realized they wanted basic control of their lives. They wanted the right to vote and own property. “The Seneca Falls Convention was the first women’s rights convention in the United States.
The 1800’s - 1920’s was The First Wave of Feminism, and some of the causes in that era was Women 's Suffrage was the right to vote thanks to Susan B and the other Feminists who followed upon her. The 1920’s - 1970’s was the Second Wave of Feminism, some