Women's Suffrage In America

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Women’s Suffrage in America Since the beginning of time women have had a different, sometimes unequal role than men. All over the world women have struggled and still struggle for equality. More specifically, in the United States of America women have really made efforts to justify their human rights. Since the first colonies women have expressed the right to vote and been denied or ignored by men. The Declaration of Independence’s wording specifies “All men are created equal.” Ever since then women have been determined to rewrite those words. Women were finally guaranteed the right to vote with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920. Prior to the passage of this amendment women's suffrage was only guaranteed in some of the states and agitation for equal suffrage was carried on by only a few individuals (Wolgast 50). Women in America have always Dating back the early 1800’s women have broken away from the norm. Women like Emma Hart Willard who founded the Troy Female Seminary in New York which was the first endowed school for girls, helped empower women to see that there can be change. Women began speaking and lecturing in the 1830s on equality and right to vote. Sarah Grimke and Frances Wright advocated women's suffrage in an extensive series of lectures. Sarah Grimke spoke with a concise confidence responding to a newspaper, “All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from our necks, and permit us to stand upright on the ground which God has designed us to occupy.” (Chafe 25) “[Also Grimke wrote that] like blacks women were ‘accused of mental inferiority’ and were refused the opportunity for a decent education. Denied the basic rights of free speech and petition, they were also treated as creatures not able to care for themselves.” (Chafe 45) Oberlin College became the first coeducational college in

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