Women's Suffrage

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Women's Suffrage

By Maggie Mills

Alice Paul: Born in 1885, grew up in a Quacker family in New Jersey. Alice Paul was a huge leader in women's suffrage, she founded the National Women's Party. After President Woodrow Wilson decided not to support women's suffrage, she set up protestors in front of the white house, and they were all arrested. Alice Paul started hunger strikes and other things to protest women's rights.Lucy Burns: Born in 1879, was born in Brooklyn and grew up in an Irish Catholic family. Burns attended Columbia University and Yale University before becoming an English teacher. Lucy Burns was a close friend of Alice Paul's, and together they formed the National Women's Party.

Women's Suffrage

Women’s suffrage leaders and supporters believed that women should be held equally to men and be able to vote.

The 19th Amendment: This amendment states that the United States government cannot deny any citizen the right to vote on the basis of sex. This reform was ratified August 18, 1920.

The womens suffrage movement created higher expectations for women. Women now had the right to attend college and work certain jobs. In 1910 about 40% of all college students were women. Some women became teachers, nurses, and specialized in medicine. Now able to vote, women now had much more power, and could make more of a life for themselves.

In 1848, at the Seneca Falls Convention, women called for the right to vote.

The National Woman Suffrage Association was founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The association called for a constitutional amendment allowing women to vote in all national elections.

Alice Paul went to meet with President Woodrow Wilson in 1917, but did not gain his support for women's suffrage. She the led a group of women to protest in front of the white house.

During this movemenet, some people were excluded. Native Americans were treated as if they were not human and had barely any rights. African Americans were being treated terribly and were looked upon as lower class than the poorest of them all. African American women in this time frame made their own organizations and started to stick together to obtain their rights.


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