HIST 122 - Reading Response #7 - Reading Response#7 Address...

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Reading Response #7: “Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage” Carrie Chapman Catt was a an advocate for women’s voting rights and worked as the president of the National American Women Suffrage Association from 1900 to 1904 and again from 1915 to 1920. In 1917, she revealed that the association she was in charge of supported the Woodrow Wilson administration and participation in World War I, shocking many women activists. The reason behind this support was that involvement in the war provided an opportunity for women to finally win voting rights. In the winter of 1917, Catt gave a speech addressing Congress urging support for a constitutional amendment to enfranchise women. In her speech, she explained that women’s suffrage was inevitable and asked if these representatives were going to be remembered in history as helping or hindering the process. The reasons she provided as to why women’s suffrage was inevitable were the history of our country, the fact that

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