Women's Suffrage in our Era[1] - Womens Suffrage...

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: Roll of honors from the 1848 Seneca Falls convention http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dasisson/richard/images/8ba00.jpg Figure Women marching for the right to vote. Note. http://www.albany.edu/~eb7540/women.jpg : Many men and women of the era opposed the Women's Suffrage. http://womenshistory.about.com/library/graphics/opposed_suffrage.jpg e : Silent Sentinels marching in silence in front of the White House. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3103/2307045744_83c22fee07.jpg raph illistrates the wage gap between women and men in the year 2007. ww.cra.org/wp/wp-content/bls2007weeklygender2.png Women’s Suffrage 1 Running Head: WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE IN OUR CURRENT ERA Women’s Suffrage in Our Current Era Prepared: Samantha Van Daley Eng/102
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Women’s Suffrage 2 What is the Woman’s Suffrage Movement? For many people in the United States they may be unaware of what this historical fight was all about. They may even be unaware what it has to do with women today. Women started fighting for the same rights as men all the way back in 1776 with Abigail Adams. Abigail Adams writes a letter to her husband in 1776 asking him to "remember the ladies" in the new code of laws. Adams replies the men will fight the "despotism of the petticoat" (Timeline of Women's Suffrage in the United States, 1995). This was best explained by “Jefferson when he expressed his disgust at this prospect by writing that women should never be allowed to “mix promiscuously in the public meetings of men” (Naler, 2008). This still today is evident in many cultures and the work front of America. Although the constitution states: all men are created equal, this has not always been the case for women in our country, and even today, women are still fighting for equal treatment. In 1848, the first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. There were two days of discussions and debates. (Figure: 1) “Sixty-eight women and thirty-two men signed a Declaration of Sentiments, which outlines grievances and sets the agenda for the women’s rights movement. A set of twelve resolutions is adopted calling for equal treatment of women and men under the law and voting rights for women” (Imbomoni, 2007). Many women were hoping that when they rallied together at the convention that the government would take notice about women being equal citizens to men. Following the convention 21 years later in “May 1869, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady
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Women’s Suffrage 3 Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association to achieve voting rights for women by means of a Congressional amendment to the Constitution” (Imbomoni, 2007). Following those efforts in “November 1869, Lucy Stone, Henry Blackwell and Others formed the American Woman Suffrage Association with the purpose of gaining voting rights for women through amendments to individual state constitutions” (Imbomoni, 2007). With all these efforts, women were still denied the rights to vote. (Figure: 2) Many women thought that when blacks received rights and freedom that women would soon gain the rights as U.S. citizens that they deserved. To no avail, women were still denied all rights by Congress.
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