HIS204/ American History Since 1865
December 4, 2011
In the past, an American woman had limited life options beyond living a life of isolation in the domestic world. They did not have many rights or have any say in the way that they were able to live their lives. Historical events took place and helped in paving the way that women live in present day. The purpose of this paper is to go into much more detail of these specific historical events and show how they have presented more opportunities for women in the American society.
In May of 1869, a woman by the name of Susan B. Anthony along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton came together in forming the National Woman Suffrage Association. The primary goal of the National Woman Suffrage Association was to gain rights for the American woman to vote by changing the Constitution through a Congressional amendment. In 1878, the federal woman suffrage amendment that was written by these two women was introduced to congress. In 1919, this amendment was passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and then was up to the states to ratify the decision (Imbornoni, n.d.). In November of the 1869, Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell, along with others all came together to form what was called the American Woman Suffrage Association. The goal of this organization was the same as the National Woman Suffrage Association. The only difference here is that this organization actually utilized amendments within each state’s constitutions. On December 10, 1869, the first women’s suffrage law was passed in the territory of Wyoming. This law allowed women to serve on a jury within the territory. A few years later both of these organizations joined forces and became the National American Woman Suffrage Association, or “NAWSA”, which went from state to state waging campaigns for the rights of the American woman (Library of Congress,1998).
Finally, in 1893, NAWSA...