During Progressive Era, there were many reforms that occurred, such as Child Labor Reform or Pure Food and Drug Act. Women Suffrage Movement was the last remarkable reform. This movement was fighting about the right of women to vote, which was basically about women’s right movement. Many great leaders – Elizabeth Cad Stanton and Susan B. Anthony - formed the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Although those influential leaders faced hardship during this movement, they never gave up and kept trying their best. This movement was occurred in New York that has a huge impact on the whole United States.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century, American society began to focus on the welfare of minority groups. Women’s suffrage and abolition were rooted as deeply as the history of America, but asylum and prison reform sprouted with the Second Great Awakening, a movement that occurred in the early 1800s. The Second Great Awakening was led by religious leaders who advocated for changes in American society through the unity of the American people (Doc. Due to the Second Great Awakening, reform movements were established between 1825 and 1850 in order to represent the changes the people sought for in the issues of slavery, suffrage, and asylum and prison reform. The social aspect of the abolition movement led to the visible democratic changes in society and politics.
Many women in the early 1900’s sought for change. Some rose to power and took leadership over many organizations that pushed for equality. Women’s battle for voting rights was specifically led by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul. These women devoted most of their life to create a foundation which we live upon today. Women’s struggles lasted many decades until they finally achieved some equality under the 19th amendment.
If we want to get something great it will take a lot of effort. This is exactly what women did to help get their goal on August 18, 1920. Although many thought they would not win their battle, they did. They made it possible for all women to have the ability to vote. What they accomplished, showed that through willpower and courage, anything can be achieved. Although many claimed that giving women the right to vote was not the smart decision, women proved they were worthy by organizing three things: parades, protests, and conventions, getting the president on their side, and winning the final vote. These three things alone attest to what they were able to accomplish, not to mention all the protestings and work behind the scenes to make this
Throughout history women have constantly had fewer constitutional rights and profession openings than men, primarily because women have continuously been considered inferior to men. The working class also possessed fewer rights during the 1800s. Workers were bound to their employers and had little to no rights. As the years moved on, much of that began to change. Employed citizens had little to no voting rights, and they kept trying until they achieved what they wanted. Inspired by this, women saw the success and decided to fight for their own rights. This set women on a path to seek and secure all women political rights. Through peaceful protests, publicity stunts, and nonviolent militant force, women and some men attempted to gain political
The progressive era was filled with political problems, fighting corruption, and harsh working conditions. There were some very important changes in this era. The nineteenth amendment gave women the right to vote. There were different presidents like Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and William H. Taft. Discrimination started to become a big problem. America became a more advanced and equal country during this time.
Women's Suffrage was also considered to be one of the most important social and economical movements at it's inception.The movement brought about the right to vote for women not to mention the creation of new business opportunities and advancement in a field mostly dominated by men at the time. With women's right to vote, the economy underwent a drastic improvement with regards to the creation of new jobs which led to an increase in production thus stimulating the American economy
Adding on to other limitations, women almost had no freedom in their marriage. Before the women’s rights movement, when a woman is married the “husband and wife are one person” but “that person is the husband” (Doc 7). Once a woman is married, her rights and property were governed by the husband. Married women could not make wills or dispose of any property without their husband’s consent to do so. This showed that they were invisible even in their marriage, The women’s movement promoted the support which eventually resulted in the Married Women’s Property Act. The act states what a married woman can’t and can do in a marriage (Doc 6). Something they must do is to take their husband’s name after marriage. Lucy Stone was an abolitionist and
She was able to craft a strong presentation in the case for women's rights through the “Declaration of Independence”, articles of the Revolution, and the “Woman's Bible” (“Elizabeth Cady Stanton” - Biography Online). Stanton was a strong advocate for universal coeducation for boys and girls and believed that children would learn to respect each other while breaking the traditional roles of society (“Elizabeth Cady Stanton” - Biography Online). She encouraged women to challenge the purpose of women and the concept of “traditional women” (“Elizabeth Cady Stanton” - DISCovering Biography). While Stanton believed that voting was a crucial process of elevating a women’s role in society, she also fought for women’s rights beyond the right to vote. She supported liberalized divorce laws, reproductive self-determination, and increased legal rights for women (“Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Suffragette”). Her passion for women’s rights led to a division between her and more conservative suffragists, and wasn’t recognized as prominent figure of securing voting rights for all citizens. Nevertheless, Stanton fought to end barriers that denied American citizens the right to voice their opinions purely on the basis of their gender, and historians today consider her as the “Philosophical mother of American feminism” (“Elizabeth Cady Stanton” - DISCovering
If you had lived in the 1800s, would you have fought for Women’s Rights or would you have decided to be a bystander? Throughout history women have always been ruled by men. At the start of the 1800s, women would have had only one right and that was being a housewife. Although women had no rights, women later raised their voices in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. It gave women the right to vote which had an enormous impact on American society and culture and subsequently lead to other major benefits for women.
For many years throughout American history individuals have fought greatly to gain equal rights. Women and African Americans struggled for equality for many years. Women gained their right to vote after the 19th amendment was passed in 1920. Women suffrage lasted for 70 years as they were struggling to gain equal voting rights as men. The women’s suffrage movement helped women all across America gain the right to vote. In the 1800s, African Americans were struggling to gain civil rights in public schools. African American students in schools were receiving separate but equal treatment. After several court cases, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and stated that "in the field of
Women’s Suffrage was a movement aiming to give women the right to vote, an equal chance to participate in the government, the right to claim property, and be treated equally to men. Nellie McClung was one of the Famous Five who stood up for women’s right to vote. McClung saw unjust in the law towards women and children, women had no way of protecting themselves from abuse, women couldn’t own property, only men could. Women couldn’t do anything about home issues if they had an abusive spouse, divorce was not an option due to Christianity and that the women would also be left with nothing,. The men would have the children and the property under their name leaving the women under no set back, women were say as inferior, only being expected to do house work and not be involved in politics, women didn’t have the same rights that men did and were always ranked lower than men. McClung saw this injustice and therefore she aimed to give women equal rights as men.
The women’s rights movement being an extensive movement helped women to occupy better jobs and higher positions “Increased access to leadership positions is an important achievement because – in terms of gender – the field is more level now: some women will be allies, some are not, but no one is excluded only for being a woman”. Today, women can choose to occupy the jobs that were once titled only for men and they have an equal employment opportunity “Because of workplace rights, women enjoy freedom to work in almost any position they choose. They join the armed forces, work as cab drivers, own businesses and become executives in large corporations” Women can now become ministers, juries, senates, and even the president “1975 — In Taylor v. Louisiana, the court denies states the right to exclude women from juries….1981 — Sandra Day O’Connor is appointed as the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice… 1997 — Madeleine Albright is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State. She is the first woman in this position.” The women’s rights movement encouraged women to fear nothing and to refuse to be a part of the crowd or go with the flow, but to act as individuals that have values and
The twentieth century was marked by radical changes in the social order of the countries. The twentieth century appeared to be for the US the age of transformation from the country with enormous potential in the world's superpower. However, the situation in the United States could not always be characterized by the flourishing and the celebration of a great nation. Some of the historical periods after the World War I proved to be a rather controversial time. One of such periods in the history of the twentieth century America were the 1920's, also called “the roaring 20's”. On the one hand, this period was a romanticized celebration of life in the US characterized by a high standard of living, large houses, big cars, and impressive parties with