Today, millions of women can implement their rights to vote in all elections in the united states of America, but this (rights) did not come easily to those women who sacrifice their lives to make this happen. In the speech “Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage”, Catt delivered her message for women’s right from a firsthand account of what she had experienced as a woman living in the United States of America in the 19th century. She advocated for the rights of women to vote because she believes in equal rights and justice for all citizens. The speech was very successful because of the use of ethos, pathos, and logos.
In 1874, Susan B. Anthony wrote a petition to Untied States Congress requesting: “that the fine imposed upon your petitioner be remitted, as an expression of the sense of this high tribunal that her conviction was unjust." (Anthony) Anthony believed the fine $100 USD was unjust because she and her friends were just trying to fight for an amendment that would guarantee women’s voting rights. NWSA kept on with their steps to achieve their goal. In 1878, the Women Suffrage Amendment, later became the Ninth Amendment, had first introduced in the Congress of United States. “Susan B. Anthony: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
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.
The two groups, National Woman Suffrage Association, and the American Woman Suffrage Association united together to create this organization. First it was led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, then it was led by Susan B. Anthony, then by Carrie Chapman Catt, then by Anna Howard Shaw, then by Carrie Chapman Catt again, and then by Caroline McCormick Slade. The organization represented millions of women, and was the main organization of smaller local and state groups. The National American Woman Suffrage Association participated in parades, and many annual conventions. The organization also sponsored many newspaper, and a suffrage press that published pamphlets and books.
The first traces of the twentieth century feminist movement dates back to before the Civil War began. Women like Harriet Beecher Stowe influenced the masses through their feminist beliefs. Stowe, through her strong female characters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, created a persona of women that was not typical of her time period; women who showed strength and independence apart from male figures. It was this type of literature and speaking that influenced the feminist movements that emerged again at the turn of the nineteenth century. Feminists during this election were desperately trying to gain the right to vote, and the 1912 candidates had varying viewpoints on this issue.
There were such big turn outs, like in the national women 's rights convention in Massachusetts. "More than 1000 attend the national women 's rights convention in Worcester, Mass. The convention is held annually through 1860" ("A Timeline of Women 's Rights"). There were some ups... "1869- First women suffrage law in the U.S. is passed in Wyoming-- one step closer to having rights" ("A Timeline of Women 's Rights"). ... And some downs"1875- The U.S. Supreme Court denies voting rights for women by refusing to extend 14th amendment protection to women" ("A Timeline of Women 's Rights").
While she was writing for many different sources, Gloria became a major activist for women 's rights. She spoke at a number of different events, and became a member of multiple different feminist movement groups. Gloria created her own definition of feminism, and it has been used often during speeches, writing, and interviews. Her definition is “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men” (Steinem 1). Instead of limiting feminism to three aspects, the “social, political and economic” (Adichie 1), Gloria says feminism is equality of all humanity has to offer.
The 1980 film, The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, was able to open many eyes to how important women were in our entry to World War II. Woman’s fight in our culture is still very much real when trying to establish themselves in our workforce. Another film, A League of Their Own, added some comedy to the subject, but focused on the same time frame as World War II struggles for our
Women's rights in America of the late 19th century and 20th century had numerous victories spread throughout both periods. Major victories such as granting women's suffrage are considered important parts of American history, as it was a major equality win for a large portion of the population (not entirely half as minority women were still not allowed to vote, other than for a brief time due to a loophole). Women's rights in America were a battle that had many little victories, many little losses and a lot of time dedicated to the cause over the course of America's history. The 20th century (post-right to vote), primarily saw women's rights advocates vying for equal work rights, whether it be the opportunity for jobs, equal pay or equal benefits.
This amendment finally gave them the right they thought almost impossible to achieve. It was first drafted as the federal women suffrage amendment and took many decades of struggles (almost forty years) to be ratified (“Nineteenth Amendment”). Senator S. C. Pomeroy of Kansas was the first one to introduce it in 1868. In 1920, it was finally ratified by three- fourths of the states and in Congress (“Women Get the Vote”). It was a lengthy struggle, but it was a great success for women since they proved men how equally important and intelligent they were and this was significantly acknowledged with the 19th amendment that clearly prohibited the denial of vote based on the sex of the
He replied to her plea in a letter of his own claiming “…, We know better than to repeal our Masculine systems” (Adams 57). Despite the support John Adams had of women gaining independence, he knew that other men were not. Over seventy years later, while petitioning for the rights of women, Susan B. Anthony frequently addressed the opposing side of the debate against the women’s suffrage movement. In her noteworthy speech given in New York about the bias of rejecting women’s suffrage, she identified the notable argument which was the cornerstone of the anti-women side of the debate. Anthony counseled, “It is urged that the use of the masculine pronouns he, his and him in all the constitutions and laws, is proof that only men we meant to be included in their provisions” (Anthony 281).
The american women 's efforts to win the voting rights were significantly influenced by both the Civil War and World War I. The american women started an organized movement to gain rights to vote, it started in the 1860s. In World War I the choice was the same, although the context and the response were different. Women 's suffrage made a change in the society’s lives. Two women organized a convention which declared a basic right for women.
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.
World War I changed many aspects of American society and led to a very large shift in U.S. foreign policy away from isolationism and toward involvement in world affairs. Many circumstances led to the shift in American position regarding entrance into the war such as, The Zimmerman note, and German U boats. World War I Impacted American society by changing and improving the roles of women in the U.S and a new found use of propaganda. The Zimmerman note was a letter and or note issued from the German foreign office in January 1917 that offered a military alliance between Germany and Mexico in the event that the U.S entered the War and fought against Germany .
Primary Source Analysis: Why Women Should Vote, 1915 This document was originally published as a pamphlet authored by Jane Addams in the year 1915 as the title suggests. Jane Addams was a female reformer during the Progressive Era who heavily supported the women’s suffrage movement. She also challenged the traditional roles of women before and during this time period. At the young age of seventeen, Addams left home and attended the Rockford Female Seminary and later went on to found the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois (“The Progressive Era,”American Yawp).