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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