The mission of the NAWSA was to fight for women’s rights and to also gain respect for all women in the United States. Alice Paul along with her friend Lucy Burns began to think of many ideas to help the suffrage movement but the NAWSA thought that their ideas were to extreme and would only cause problems for women in America. So Alice Paul and Lucy Burns started their own organization called the National Women’s Party or NWP. Which held the same concepts that the NAWSA but with a more radical or extreme approach. The NAWSA started criticizing the NWP for their methods and for protesting a president during the war.
Fighting for a cause The women’s suffrage movement, symbol of nineteenth and early twentieth century feminism, is the one most visible manifestation of women’s emancipation. From the birth of the nation to a Constitutional Amendment passed in 1920, suffrage for women had been batted aside, ignored, criticized, and denied. Those who attacked women’s suffrage were attacking much more than the idea that women as well as men should enter the polling booth. Across America women living in the 1900’s were angry and tired of feeling betrayed and treated as an unequal second class citizen. However these brave remarkable women decided to take action that helped forever changed American history, the right to vote.
However women's rights movements started way before the 60's. The beginning of women's suffrage is normally dated back to the “Declaration of Sentimens” this was produced at the first womens rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. In 1848 ("women’s movement." Encyclopædia Britannica). When she claims that her generation “broke these rules”, she makes it sound as if her generation paved the way for women's rights.
This movement entailed the “Declaration of Sentiments, Grievances, and Resolutions,” that echoed the preamble of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.” (HAA, 2006) This was to imply that fact that the Declaration of Independence was including women among these sentiments. Women began to know their rights and understand that they too were apart of what was declared in this document that “men” signed. There were groups that formed call societies. One was called the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). After these leagues of women formed, they worked to gather votes throughout the states to allow women to vote.
1830’s and 40’s rose and owens lobbied for womens rights as far as divorce and liberized grounds for divorce and marital status, on the basis of womens independency. While women went from the approach of women rights to divorce, and be an equal independent person within the sanction of marriage now moved to the right to vote. Need women say in politics while men would take war women would weld together the interest of the human family. Political equality for mothers stress better quality for their children. 1870’s right to vote.
Friedan and Gilman’s work have formed the touchstones for the current feminist movements and will continue to play a huge role as women work to advance their rights further in the coming years. Gilman wrote “Women and Economics,” at the turn of the 20th century contributing to the foundation of political thinking surrounding the domestic causes of women’s economically dependent status. She developed her
Anthony, born into a Quaker family in 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts had many accomplishments and passions in her life. Her works included fighting to end slavery, educational reform, labor activist, temperance worker; however, it is her work as a suffragist and as an activist for women’s rights that would forever change the social and political rights of women in the United States. It was in 1852 when Susan B. Anthony began her journey to fight for a women’s right to vote after attending the Woman's Rights Convention in Syracuse, her words spoke clearly, her wish, "that the right which woman needed above every other, the one indeed which would secure to her all the others, was the right of suffrage " (Linder, 2013). Her work as a suffragist included co-founding the American Equal Rights Association in 1866, campaigning across the country raising awareness of the importance of the right for women to vote, and in 1872, she along with her three sisters were arrested for illegal voting after she convinced the election inspectors to allow them to vote. (Susan B. Anthony House,
She helped to found the American Equal Rights Association. Anthony and a close friend and activist partner, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. It was larger than the American Woman Suffrage Association, which it finally merged with. The two women traveled the United States together, giving speeches and urging equal treatment of women in the law and in society. Susan B. Anthony also opposed abortion, which she saw as another instance of a "double standard" imposed upon women.
She collected signatures for a petition to grant women the right to vote and to own property. During the Civil War Anthony worked toward the emancipation of the slaves. In 1863 she helped form the Women's Loyal League, which supported U.S. president Abraham Lincoln's policies. She registered to vote in Rochester, New York, on November 1, 1872.
This is why is was so important to Alice to be an active part in securing equal rights for all women. Alice Paul epitomizes the lessons in the QBQ book by taking personal ownership, being a role model, showing great leadership skills, and refusing to allow herself to be victimized. Alice takes personal responsibility to fight for women's equal rights. She takes ownership of the problem, something not many people want to admit they must do. Instead of passing the problem on to the next generation of women, she chooses to help lead the fight.