The Role Of Women's Suffrage In Seneca Falls

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Women made the impossible possible. They joined forces and formed associations. They went on marches and raised awareness of the inequality that women were facing. They risked their lives so they can get the same and deserved rights than men do. Women did everything possible just so they could vote and not be dependent on men. The century long struggle had its beginnings in Seneca Falls. It was held in July 19, 1848. People thought that only women were going to attend the meeting but men also attended. There were 300 women and 40 men. Today Seneca Falls is looked upon as the birthplace of the American feminist movement (Sullivan 22). The women’s suffrage movement lasted 70 years. Women in most of the United States had been denied the right…show more content…
At the end of the Civil War the government saw the suffrage of women and African Americans as two separate issues and they decided that African Americans could vote, but only African American men (Freeman). Susan B. Anthony refused to support the 15th Amendment because it didn’t favor women it only favored men (Finnegan). Republican Congressmen hoped that they could control the south by giving the voting right to black men instead of giving those rights, to women (Sullivan 30). Women struggled for their rights and full citizenship not just because they wanted to be treated equally as men but for the science for shaping social policies in favor of women (Duby 40). The movement focused more than ever on the needs and interests of poor women and on female poverty (Duby 405). Deprived women began to speak out for themselves in letters and autobiographies. The first poor women in North America to demand her constitutional rights was Margaret Brent. Women were glad that underprivileged women were beginning to speak out for themselves and that they were willing to fight (Duby…show more content…
With the start of co-educational schools, policies still limited women’s admissions, financial assistance, course or program choices, and preparation in activities. In the paid workforce, the situation was comparable (Finnegan). In the few occupations that were open to women, they were paid far less than men. Leadership in the major religions wasn’t deemed to be a women’s province ( Sullivan 13). Professions other than writing, school, teaching, and nursing remained essentially closed to women as the 20th century opened. By 1910, women had the right to vote in Wyoming, followed by Utah and Colorado. Wyoming was the first to give equal rights. By 1919 women could go to the universities of their choice
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