Women's Suffrage

You Gotta Fight For The Right To Vote!

What is Suffrage?

The right for the constitutional right to vote!

Why Is Suffrage Important?

Paved the way for social and political reforms; women finally had a voice! Women could have opinions on the people who ran the country and decided on the wars we engage in, the resources we use, etcetera. Though this movement benefitted women, men were split down the middle. Some men were supportive of the women; however, they created a men-only Women's Rights Association. Others felt women were not equal to men, and didn't deserve equal rights.

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The 19th Amendment

What did the 19th Amendment say?

Ratified August 18, 1920, the US Constitution prohibits any US citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex.
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Why was it passed?

When the US entered WWI in 1914, women's work to aid the war effort made them highly valued and appreciated; they were portrayed as symbols for nationalism. In the war, the women took men's places as factory workers, shipyard workers, nurses, selling war bonds, Women's Royal Air Force as mechanics. In the home, women brought up their families, tended the land, sent care packages to soldiers, and took over their husbands jobs.