Women’s Suffrage: The Creation of the 19th Amendment
My topic of choice is the background behind the 19TH Amendment of the United States. Voting is important in the United States because its shows that we’re a part of a movement that allows us to vote for whose best for running our country. Well what if you were denied this right not because of your race, but your gender? Women were denied the right to vote for years because men felt that they weren’t an important part of decision making in America. They believed we were already busy with raising children, taking care of the home, and “serving” our husbands, that we shouldn’t have to deal with the pressure of voting.
Choosing a topic on the 19th amendment being created was natural for me. Discussing how thousands of women marched, petitioned, and risk their life just for my right to vote is mind-blowing to me. These women made history because they were so devoted to their cause and demanded that women be treated as equal as men. But if it wasn’t for people like them, Americans wouldn’t have any rights that we have today. By researching and learning on women’s suffrage, I believe that it will better inform me and you on the importance of women voting.
By reading my paper, I hope to enlighten you all on the history of the 19th amendment and why it is so significant to women and American history. During women’s suffrage, there were so many sacrifices made for women like you and me to have equality and treated equal in the world we live in today. Also, I would like you to think if you were placed in their shoes, how it would feel being treated like trash and abused when you’re trying to stand up for rights as an American citizen. If anything, that would be the most important thing to take back from reading this paper. Beginning of the Movement
“Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change in the Constitution” According to Archives.org The two leading woman in this movement were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. They proposed an amendment for the right for woman to vote and run in office. Forty years later, it was ratified and became the 19th Amendment of the United States. Unfortunately, they were not alive to see their life’s work achieved. But with the women who succeeded them, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, they carried the movement and made a better future for women today.
In history, there was one woman who was recorded to be the first woman to vote in the United States. Her name was Lydia Taft. Her husband, Mr. Josiah Taft, was a wealthy farmer, local official, and Massachusetts legislator. He served several terms as a member of the Board of Selectmen, as town clerk, as town moderator, and in the Massachusetts General Court. Not to mention he was Lieutenant and Captain during the French and Indian War but also the largest tax payer in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. Unfortunately he died before an important vote on the town’s war effort in the French and Indian War. Since the vote was so important, the status of Josiah Taft, and the fact that their son was a minor, the town allowed Lydia to vote. She voted in an official New England Open Town Meeting, at Uxbridge, Massachusetts, on October 30, 1756 and became the first woman to vote on anything in the nation.
Women’s voting privileges were soon taken away after 1807. They were taken off a voters roll because male suffrage was put into place. Since women weren’t allowed to vote anymore, many women such as Frances Wright and Ernestine Rose, both immigrants, supported and petitioned for women’s suffrage. They hosted many conventions addressing votes for women. The Seneca Falls convention was the most famous convention and became the start of the women’s suffrage movement. It was held in Seneca Falls, Newyork and Lucretia Mott, Mary Ann...
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Ms. Watson and Ms. Hemmingway
December 17, 2012
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