Edith Hernandez May 2, 2017 Dr. PryorMary Elizabeth Lease And The Populist Movement Final Essay When looking throughout our history in America, the most memorable moments are theAmerican revolution and the Civil War. The people who get the most credit were always men inhelping America with their honor of patriotism, but women also played a huge role in America’shistory. It took half a century for the women’s suffrage movement to gain there right to vote onAugust of 1920. Although, women’s activist did not start just with this movement they began touse their voices during the populist movement. It is important to understand that women had norights back then and were undermine lower than African-American men having the right to vote.The sense of gender roles they had to play in society was no more than making a woman inferioruntil they started to protest wages, jobs, and sexism. In addition, the discussion of why women’srole was so important started in the National Farmer’s Alliance of the1800’s, followed by KansasEquality Suffrage Association, that included the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union andMary Elizabeth Lease, who was the center-forefront orator of woman’s rights and the PopulistMovement. Many may not know that women were involved in the National Farmer’s Alliance toprotest corporations being corrupt against farmers struggle. The Farmer’s Alliance was created toas movement to have orators spread the suffrage they faced during hard times, while corporateswere building railroads and gaining profits in this massive production, but in turned harmedfarmer’s economic stability to move forward. Such as Goldberg considered the Kansas EqualSuffrage Association and Woman’s Christian Temperance Union as the core of the Woman’s
Edith Hernandez May 2, 2017 Dr. Pryormovement formed a partnership that successfully mobilized white woman’s ideology of moralsuperiority. Although, the triumph of this movement came with Kansas woman’s right to vote in themunicipal elections of 1887. Even as this “ever expanding army” imagined itself marchingrelentlessly onward to further the cause of woman all woman, however winning the right to votein the movement had its internal limitations and contradictions.1In arguing for the suffrage,woman had to recognized themselves as nonpartisan, but once they had won the right to vote,they were unable to ignore their nonpartisan allegiances. Although, middle class woman tried toappeal to African-American woman and white working class woman to vote against the saloon,they could never form a long-term coalition with those outside their race and class. This was one
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