Achievements over the Century
It’s been a little over a hundred years since the beginning for the fight of gender equality and numerous amounts of laws and bills have been passed to make it to where there is a more even line between the treatments of each sex. In 1848, at the Seneca Falls, convention the Declaration of Sentiments was the first official document that started this revolution. It stated 12 grievances that women and men wanted to insure the equality. To this day many strong women have led the campaign and ended up making a significant impact on today’s society.
The most important rights achieved are women’s suffrage. One of the more influential leaders was a woman named Susan B. Anthony. She created the conference, National Woman Suffrage Association, along with Elizabeth Stanton in May of 1869. They created their organization to mainly fight for the right to elect their governing leaders. It was such an important topic for them to achieve that they combined efforts with the American Woman Suffrage Association led by Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell (Imbornoni) in November of 1869. With their efforts put together they were able to persuade the Wyoming territory to pass the first women’s suffrage law. Within a year women started being elected to serve on their juries.
Not only was that a major step for the organization it was also the first real law passed to prove that this was a topic to fight for. In 1893 the first amendment passed in Colorado to grant their women citizens was the right to vote. Finally by 1920 all women in the United States were legally allowed to vote due to the addition of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Today’s generation of women and men take the election of office for granted. Considering they aren’t fighting to gain something they don’t have, it leaves them with no obligation to actually take part in something that their ancestors had fought for, for generations. It’s simply due to the fact...
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