Women's Suffrage Movement Research Paper

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The fight for women's suffrage began in 1848, and lasted for approximately 70 years. Before the fight, women were not awarded the right to vote and the right to run for electoral office until 1920. Women were considered severely inferior to men ("Before the Women's Suffrage Movement", no date). Women were still, for the most part, viewed as housewives that were meant to take care of domestic life. Oftentimes, women were told that the only things they were good for was cleaning, cooking, and caring for children ("Before the Women's Suffrage Movement"). Besides home life, women were treated a lot differently by the government. There was a very limited amount of jobs for women. The only jobs available to women were things like teaching and factory…show more content…
They wanted the right to vote, and the right to run for electoral office. As previously mentioned, the discussion of women's suffrage first came up in 1848. There was a conference at Seneca Falls, New York where a group of women gathered together to discuss women's suffrage ("Before the Women's Suffrage Movement"). At this conference, the Declaration of Sentiments was created. In it, women asked to receive the same rights as men, to education and voting among other things. This first attempt was unsuccessful but the women certainly did not give up. In 1869, the National Women's Suffrage Association (NWSA) and the more reserved American Women's Suffrage Association (AWSA). Both of these organizations were detrimental in achieving the right to vote and run for electoral office. It wasn't until 1890 that these two organization joined to create the National American Women's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) (Barber, no date). In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was the first presidential candidate that had a platform for women's suffrage. In the few states that women were allowed to vote in, women all voted for him, unless of course they were part of an Anti- Suffrage organization. In 1913, two women organized the Congressional Unit, a group that defied social norms by doing things like hunger strikes and picketing the White House. Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to be elected as a representative in the House of Representatives. This was in 1916. On August 26th, 1920, the fight for women's suffrage was won. The battle was long, and

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