Suffrage In The 1900's

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In the 1900’s, life started to changed for women; they started to gain a higher position in society, they were able to demand more rights and they started thinking and acting freely and independently. Although the process towards women’s rights was challenging, it was all worth it for future generations once the 19th Amendment was ratified. Starting of by the famous Seneca Falls Convention, the fight for women’s rights began. Many attempts were made to fight the oppression like conventions, campaigns, people, propaganda, etc. It was a very long and harsh process to gain their rights; women witnessed other races overcoming discrimination while they were still ignored. For these reasons, they formed many organizations such as the National Suffrage…show more content…
It was held in 1850 with Lucy Stone as it’s organizer (“Women’s Rights Movement”). The event was covered by the press, and although what it said in the press was more critical than helpful, it still helped spread the word about the movement (Cullen-DuPont). At the time, the most “official” and influential leaders of the women’s rights movement were Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Stanton and Susan Anthony (“Women’s Rights Movement”). During this first convention, they planned to petition state legislatures for the reformation of many laws regarding women suffrage. Some of these laws included the right to own property and a change in child custody laws. The First National Women’s Rights convention, like the Seneca Falls Convention, was more than a day long. Around one thousand delegates attended, and it was remarkable since they came from eleven different states. (Cullen-DuPont). They presented their demands, most of them involved the right to vote, receiving a higher education, the ability to chose from a larger variety of professions, the right to own property, and many more. With all these ideals being spread all over the place, even in the medias, it brought many more supporters to the movement and started changing the oppressive ideals in everyone’s…show more content…
Anthony. She, through speeches and campaigns, wanted to create a more critical society, and a discourse in the society’s ways of thinking on many different issues. She was one of the “pioneers” of women’s rights. Before becoming a defender for women, she worked as a teacher but was dissatisfied by this job. Most of the women at this time worked as teachers, as domestic workers, as factory workers, etc. But these jobs didn’t satisfy Anthony, which lead her to change jobs to an assistant manager of the family farm (Zimmermen). At the farm, she was exposed to american reform views. She was exposed by men such as William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips, and many others. Even though this motivated her to become a supporter of reformation, she couldn’t succeed with her goals because she was discriminated and ignored for being a woman. This was the last drop for her, she became friends with many activists, then met with them and discussed their mutual concerns over a wide range of issues. She was the second president of NAWSA and by the time she was over, a lot of progress was made (Cullen-DuPont). Susan B. Anthony was one of the many significant people in the movement that was key to the motivation, campaign and organization of their
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