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Posted On May 11, 2019
Christopher KallahMr. TacsikHumanitas 1127 November 2017 Women’s Climb to IndependenceWomen are everything to use, from our most caring bearers to a wonderful soulmate who remains a loyal, loving companion women are absolutely the most affectionate and most caring human beings. Why would we ever do anything to hurt them? Although women were granted their rights conclusively, their rights were only won by countless endeavors made by millions of brave women. Suffrage in the 19th century left a bitter taste in the mouths of many; accompanied by many other social issues, suffrage remained the most problematic. Suffragist groups like the AWSA and NWSA spawned change and provided momentum towards the women’s rights movements of the early 1900s. First things first, we have to understand how degrading women suffrage was. The suffrage of women had been among the world for centuries due to the sheer dominance of man throughout history. Suffrage would limit voting rights given to women in any case of an election, or in that matter, any voting based system. No matter how involved or hard working a woman may be, they were ordered to not participate allowing men to make all decisions themselves. Imagine a school setting where the teacher would only allow boys to be included in classroom activities, that sounds outrages now, but 100 years ago this would be the norm, pretty biased isn’t it? Women had been furious for many years, but were too fearful what people would do if they had gone against the “normal” code.To grasp why receiving the vote for women took so long t is important to look at the women’s social, cultural, and political stances. This was brought on by established values and social standings that infringed upon women’s rights, holding them back. Eventually, it were these British infused values that prevented women in getting the right to vote for such a long time. One of the biggest obstacles in gaining the right was the fact that women were not the most educated, how can such a women be knowledgeable in politics without receiving the proper materials; this by definition is contradicting because society prevented this. The vast majority of women during this time were not encouraged to go on studying in higher education. Even women from middle class families were prevented from studying at a university. Women finished basic school studies and moved on to being housewives, bearing children and caring for their working husbands. Moreover, American politics rapidly dis-favored women throughout the 1900s. During this time, America’s government had adopted assorted British ideals from Parliament. The problem with Britain’s Parliament at the time was the sheer bias it presented, Britain’s Parliament was extremely prejudice, giving little to no rights in the favour of women in general. In a 1906 debate regarding the female vote, Parliament inisited women were “inferior” to men, stating that women could not make “cool…calm” decisions under pressure. Parliament saw woman as incapable beings, not able to think rationally and needed others to think for themselves. America had adopted these ideals as their own, thankfully, reversing this mindset, realising their mistakes in hindsight. Even groups like the Women’s National Anti-Suffrage League were centered in London aiming to oppose women being granted the vote in parliamentary elections. Women in the 19th century struggled from a plethora of social and ethical rights beside the dreaded suffrage. When it came to higher education women were non existent, this was because women were looked down on constantly. A women’s job during this time was to stay at home and bear/take care of children, in fact, an estimated 90% of women in the U.S before 1902 were either “domestic servants” or unemployed. Woman were then forced to depend solely on their strong and hard working husbands which robbed them of “self-confidence and self-respect” (NWHP). Even children,being their primary carers were disfavored when it came to child custody laws, favoring men. Women felt uneasy and felt an unfair court needed to change. Laws regarding a divorce heavily favored men, giving them capital outcome. Women couldn’t take the rule of this unfair society and had made up their minds to take care of these problems head-on. The campaign towards women’s suffrage adopted an infinite amount of forms and included an overwhelming amount of support from groups and individuals. At that time, women had small, independent marches would not achieve much, because of this many women had decided to come together as one. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an abolitionist and old-fashioned feminist saw a great opportunity to spread awareness to these outrages issues. On July 19 , 1848 33 year-old Stanton had organized the first woman’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. The convention was held to fight for social, civil and religious rights of women; this two day event brought in a total of 300 people, which included men and women. This convention was only the start towards a greater America for women, Elizabeth had done just enough to start a massive chain of events, eventually leading to the next 10 women’s rights conventions. Stanton almost 20 years later was able to form The National Woman Suffrage Association, this group of Women focused on equal rights for women in response to a split in America’s Equal Rights association concerning the 15th amendment of the U.S constitution.Lucy Stone, a fellow abolitionist and women’s rights leader lead the way in the rights of women. Stone had organized countless amounts of marches to spread awareness towards the issue. Stone in 1869 had gone on to form the American Woman Suffrage Association which was made to spread even more awareness to the ongoing problems, Stone was able to get not only women, but men involved in the aid of women. The Turning point occurred in the late 1880s and early 1890s when the nation saw a great rush of volunteerism among middle class women, the determination of these women to expand their sphere of activities further outside the home helped legitimize the suffrage movement and provided new momentum for the AWSA and the newly formed NWSA. In 1890 the two rivaled leaders Elizabeth Stanton and Lucy Stone agreed to terms to form the Nation American Woman Suffrage Association. From about 1900 to 1904 the NAWSA commenced what was known as the “society plan”. This plan was made in order to recruit highly educated, privileged, and influential leaders of politics to widen educational efforts. Despite the failure from 1896 to 1910 of a single new state to ratify a state suffrage amendment, much of the organizational groundwork had been laid. Although groups like the NWSA and AWSA accomplished a lot, they weren’t miracle workers that could erase all very prominent problems. Despite the works of the Suffragettes and support from the Labour Party, including some liberal party members, women still achieved the “very little rights and certainly no political rights”(HLS). Ironically, the activity of the Suffragettes had lost the support of many of the women who viewed what they did rather risky. The Suffragettes had managed to gain the right to vote, but sadly, every other right remained untouched. For example at the wake of the 20th century, women had a very basic role, if married, “they stayed at home” to take care of their children while their “husband worked and brought in a weekly wage”(HLS). If single, women then worked at diners, worked as maids, simple jobs as such. These job were uncommon though as most young women were expected to get engaged and have children. The vote for women was hard fought and eventually was achieved on August 18, 1920. They say war is a bad thing, but when it comes to women’s rights, women prevailed during the time. During the American civil war, women involved with the “fight against slavery and the fight to save the union”(HC Video). These women had fought for the slaves to insure their includance in the 14th and 15th amendments, but they lost in the late 1860s. This devastation led to the groups like the AWSA and the NWSA previously mentioned to be made for a stronger push. By the time World War 1 came around, women had worked as nurses and even factories in replace of the gone away soldiers, this gave them them the push they needed. After ww1 ended, people finally understood the capabilities of woman. Even President Woodrow Wilson was on board and support women’s suffrage which fairly guaranteed their right to vote and 2 years after the war in 1920, woman received the right to vote wholesale across the nation. In conclusion, it was no easy matter achieving the right to vote for women in America, a lot of risks were taken, but paid off in the end. If not for our brave women in the past, only God knows how circumstances would be in modern America. 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