Women's Suffrage Movement Research Paper

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Bethany Ackerman 4th hour Female suffrage The woman’s suffrage movement began in 1848 when the first woman’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls. Suffrage supports began to work on informing the public about the validity of woman suffrage. Under the leadership of pioneer woman such as Susan B. Anthony and Cady Stanton who worked together lobbied Congress to pass an Constitutional Amendment to enfranchise woman’s right to vote. Women reformers in the club movement and also women in the settlement house movement wanted to get reform legislation passed, but women began to realize that in order to accomplish getting the reform passed they need to be able to win the right to vote. It wasn’t till the turn of the century that the…show more content…
Creating The National Woman Suffrage Association and The National Women’s Party. The National Woman Suffrage Association or NAWSA though it better to gain the vote state by state to take an more safe approach towards the whole situation. The women’s suffrage movement split the 15th amendment in 1869 which granted black men the right to vote but still not women. Women like Lucy Stone, believed that to increase the franchise was a step in the right direction but people like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and also Susan B. Anthony believed that the amendment allowing black men the right to vote but still not granting women the right to vote was dangerous. Although the founding of NAWSA was seen as an important step in the fight for women to vote most of the work was done on an local level. In the absence of an amendment to the national constitution it is the states that controlled the time, place, and manner of elections. Also that included whether or not women could participate in voting. States legislatures would have to ultimately have to ratify an amendment that Congress passed. Starting with Wyoming NAWSA began to gain the vote state by…show more content…
Anthony in 1906 the suffrage movement was lacking focus and support that’s when Alice Paul step in and tried to get things back together. Alice Paul believed that they need to focus more on the passage of an federal suffrage amendment to the U.S. constitution. After Paul joined The National Women Suffrage Association and assuming leadership over its Congressional Committee in Washington DC, she decided to create an larger organization The Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage. However what she was doing was saw as to extreme for NAWSA’s leadership causing the Congressional Union to split up from NAWSA in 1914. The Congressional Union then formed The Woman’s Party in 1916 and in 1917 the two organizations formally merged into The National Woman’s Party. Until women were gained the right to vote the NWP would withhold its support from the existing political

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