Women’s Suffrage is a subject that could easily be considered a black mark on the history of the United States. On August 26th, 1920, with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, American women gained the right to adjudicate American affairs, after fighting one of the largest civil rights battles in United States history. The movement began in 1848 at a convention in Seneca Falls, New York, but women had been voicing their frustrations for generations, with the earliest publicly recorded declaration of women's rights dating back to the time of the American Revolution. In the late eighteenth century while America was fighting for freedom from Great Britain, the Constitution of the United States declared the freedom and the rights of American citizens, women were not allowed to vote, own property, to speak in public, or serve on juries. In the nineteenth Century, the Forefathers addressed in the Declaration of Independence, "that all men were created equal". This held little value to women. Human equality was far from a reality. If one were not born of white male decent, than that phrase did not apply. During this time, many great leaders and reformers emerged, fighting both for the rights of women and African Americans. The Nineteenth Amendment created a strong influence and composed a cultural impact. It has allowed women substantial confidence and a sense that they can accomplish more without being considered second class and only as a man's property. The lifestyle changes of the 1920's showed how immense and important that impact was. Women became much more selfassured and aspired to use their power in other areas too. They abandoned many of the controlling conditions of the Victorian age. They started to live outside the confines of being a wife and homemaker. They aquired jobs outside the home, they started playing sports, they changed their conservative style and well, had fun! The Roaring ...
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