February 17, 2010
APUSH, Period 6
National Women’s Party
The 1920’s was an era of cultural conflict. There were several attacks on people’s civil rights and it seems to have betrayed the very values that the United States sought to have. However, when the National Women’s Party was created, there were definitely some changes for women mostly and this organization helped influence women fight for their rights and has become a successful organization. The organization was formed particularly for the right to vote just like the men can and was founded in 1916 to fight for women’s rights during the 20th century. As stated above, the Women’s National Party was created to fight for women’s rights but mainly to allow women the privilege to vote on terms with men. The organization was founded by Alice Paul and Lacy Burns, the organization was originally called The Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage but was later changed to the National Women’s Party by 1917. Most of the members were young, white women from the middle and upper classes. After a while, the 19th Amendment was passed and that gave women the right to vote. With the 19th Amendment passed, they had reached their first goal. With one of their goals finally achieved, they began to influence public officials for another amendment in the Constitution, and that was later known as the Equal Rights Amendment. According to the Ohio History Central website, this amendment would have guaranteed equal treatment of women under the law. Most women in the organization did not support what the National Women’s Party wanted because they were afraid that the Equal Rights Amendment would remove the legislation that protected them in the workplace. It is because of this fear that some women had that the organization remained small over the decades. According to the PBS kids article titled: “Alice Paul’s Fight For Suffrage”, in order to achieve their goals Alice Paul and her...
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