Voting Rights for Women: Colonial Period to Present

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Voting Rights for Women: Colonial Period to Present Voting in America has been an ongoing battle not only the women but for any other than white males. There are three factors that have surfaced as factors in the voting rights strain and continuous struggle in the last century. These factors are discrimination, progression and role in society. Discrimination has been a persisting factor in the voting acts during the early history of the nation. Voting was restricted primarily to white male property owners whose belongings were needed to be worth a dollar figure specified. Eventually the property restrictions were removed in most states but discrimination continued. Progression of the voting rights has emerged only in the last century. Prior to the civil rights movement and the women’s suffrage movement, women and people of color were disallowed from exercising their basic right to vote. Lastly, the role in society played a major factor as well in the voting rights. The right to vote was essentially guaranteed only to white males. The right to vote was, in effect, dominated by the more affluent and restricted to men. Political democracy was not at all a reality to many Americans during the early days of the Colonial period. In 17th-century America, a married woman could not own or control property, even her own wages. She had no right to the custody of her children; nor could she buy or sell anything without her husband's permission, testify in court, sit on a jury, make a will, or sue. Women play many roles in today’s society. Most women are caretakers, mothers, wives, and daughters which in perspective can lead to a stereotypical judgment from a prejudice party. As the nurturer of a family mothers take presence over men in a setting where sensitivity is appropriate. This characteristic of sensitivity portrayed by women allows society to interpolate a belief
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