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The Women's Suffrage Movement In America

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Being a young woman in America, I consider one of the greatest moments in time to be the years from early 1800s to 1920. This was a period in time where women fought not to just be in this world but to play a major part in its existence. However, to do this, they needed such things as the right to vote, own property, serve a jury, and even speak in public. This moment in time is recorded in our history books as the Women’s Suffrage Movement in America. This paper will take a look into some of the hurdles they had to leap at and important people who made major milestones along the way. There are many articles, books, and essays that depicted what really kicked off the women’s suffrage movement. However, I think the most significant moment…show more content…
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the most influential women in the movement. Lucretia Mott was a Quaker minister and abolitionist. There were three hundred people in attendance and objectives for the women’s rights movement was put into place. (Adams, 2003) However, “negative reaction was expressed all over the country by the press and some members of the clergy, who verbally attacked the organizers of the convention.” (Adams, 2003) Around 1850 Stanton was joined by women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, who later went on to create the Women’s New York Temperance Society organization. They fought for basic economic freedoms for women and even lobbied against Congress to include women in the provisions of the 14th and 15th Amendments. However, in 1861 the women’s rights movement had to take a back seat because America Civil War began. The Civil War ended around 1865. The women’s movement was in a good advantage point to attack some key issues, since they worked hard to support the war effort. As a result the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Equal Rights Association was founded. Also the first women’s rights newspaper called The Revolution was published in 1868 by Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. (Adams, 2003) Even though, the movement was springing forward, the two organizations began to disagree with the agenda and the approach that the movement needed to take. Finally in 1890 the two organizations merged and became the National American Woman Suffrage Association with Susan B. Anthony as the president.(Adams, 2003) For the next couple years the organization functioned as a nonpartisan organization and concentrated on gaining the right to vote by a state level. As a result in November of 1869 women were granted unlimited suffrage for the first time by the territory of Wyoming. (Adams, 2003) In the 1900 Carrie
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