The Rise Of Women's Suffrage In America

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First woman to serve in Congress, Jeannette Rankin, stated “How shall we explain to them the meaning of democracy if the same Congress that voted to make the world safe for democracy refuses to give this small measure of democracy to the women of our country.” The 19th amendment was a major step for women’s rights in America. Many years of hardships led up to the breakthrough that serves as a reminder to all those who fought for their rights. There were many key people and organizations that fought for the woman’s suffrage movement. They took part in protest, strikes, and conventions for the right to vote. The rise of woman’s suffrage started to kick off in 1800’s. According to Jone Lewis article “A History of the Seneca Falls 1848 Women’s…show more content…
In “ MARCHING FOR THE VOTE: REMENBERING THE WOMAN SUFFRAGE PARADE OF 1913” by Library of Congress the march came in Washington came when the suffrage movement needed it. For more than sixty years women had been fighting for the right to vote. Progress had been made in the recent years with six western states granting woman suffrage. Every year since 1869 delegates from NAWSA arrived in the nation’s capital to present petitions asking for the right. Debate on the issue had never even reached the floor of the House of Representatives despite millions of signatures collected. The first party to pledge itself the task of equal suffrage in 1912 was Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive Party. The Progressives lost the election. In November 1912 suffrage leaders were thinking of now means to ensure victory. Alice arrived at NAWSA convention and returned to the U.S. fresh with ideas for American movement. Alice was asking to organize a suffrage parade in Washington at the time of president’s inauguration. Doing the parade around that time would ensure maximum press attention. When Alice promises to raise funds and title of chairman of Congressional Committee NAWSA accepted her offer. In December 1912, Alice moved to Washington and discovered that the committee moved or died. Alice was still determined and made first meeting of her new committee on January 2, 1913. Alice and others started raising funds by working nonstop for two months. This emerging committee had organized and found money for the major suffrage parade by March 3. The event’s total cost was $14,906.08, which was a princely sum. Programs each cost more than
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