One Woman, One Vote

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Shanna Thomas
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One Woman, One Vote

What does the term “We Demand” refer to?
“We Demand” was women’s stand for their rights despite preconceived notions that women have no need to be involved in politics. It was the final straw for women and they were willing to do all in their power to be enfranchised. Rather than dwell on the what they couldn’t do, the suffragists moved forward and did all in their power to achieve their rights. They decided their efforts were worth more than any hardship that they would encounter. Women would no longer stand for the male population to disregard their right over themselves but their right as inhabitants of the United States. They decided not to stand for the unequal treatment any longer and were willing to fight for it.

Who attended the parade in Washington D.C.? Who did not? Why?
Inez Milholland and Lucy Burns led the great woman suffrage parade with more than 5,000 marchers. It was organized by Alice Paul for the National American Woman Suffrage Association and grabbed attention for the suffrage movement. Another notable leader in attendance was Ida Wells-Barnett, a black woman suffragist who led colored suffragists in the parade. It is also important that there were women who didn’t support the suffrage movement. The National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage led by Mrs. Arthur Dodge included wealthy, influential women who did not want to loose white supremacy nor get involved in such politics. Least of all did they want to be associated with the black suffragists at the time.

What role did the police and the law play, in the success or lack of success, in the women’s movement?
While the police made the physical hardships of radical suffragists harder, it also helped create an image for the suffragist that they needed. With the harsh treatment from the police, people began to support the suffragists and began to notice them. Rather than harshly send them away, people began to...
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