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Why Women Didn't Have the Right to Vote

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Why Women Didn't Have the Right to Vote

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At the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, women came together and discussed what rights they currently did not have and which they deserved. In the declaration of sentiments at the convention they deliberated over how, “the history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her.” This is basically saying that men had considered them an inferior breed long enough and they were not going to stand for it any longer. They then went on to ways in which men had wronged them. This included, “withholding from her rights which are given to the most ignorant and degraded men.” I believe this is the strongest argument in favor of why women should have the right to vote. All men have the right to vote without even be properly qualified. There were brilliant women who were not allowed to have their voice heard because they were women. Meanwhile, some extremely unqualified men cast their votes without even knowing the issues. Gender should not be a factor in whether a person’s opinion matters. As long as they are informed properly on the issue they should have a say what is going on in the politics of our country. I selected this argument because it really details how lowly men thought women were if they were willing to give the right to vote to men of a lower competency than the more high class women.

There was a time when there was not only discrimination between men and women, or black and white, but also between wealthy white men and poor white men. Originally only land-owning men had the right to vote. The main argument in favor of why the poor should not be able to vote was because if they did not have land of their own they were not really independent. And if he was not independent he did not have the ability to be able to formulate his own opinions on political matters. I chose this argument because I thought it most fitting to go along with the...

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