Women Suffrage in the US

By Riley Brown

Background Infromation

  • Men/women who supported women suffrage were called suffragists .
  • early 1800's is when women started to become educated and take part in political movements.
  • women suffrage was first stage of the demand for political equality in the US.
  • a voter was believed to be independent/not easily swayed, which women weren't.
  • The entry of women into politics scared people/they thought family life would be ruined.
  • Margaret Brent was the first women to demand a vote, she boycotted when it was denied.

Protest Infromation

  • The protest was not violent.
  • women usually boycotted when their vote was denied, sometimes they refused to eat.
  • Susan B Anthony illegally tried tried to vote and was arrested, in court she expressed the suffragists views and what they wanted.
  • Another specific case of when the women protested was when in 1916 Alice Paul and a group of suffragists who worked off the tactics used by women suffragists in Britain, they chained themselves to the white house fences.
  • The women formed associations and held conventions.(NWSA was led by Stanton and Anthony, AWSA was led by Lucy Stone and her husband, NAWSA both organizations)
  • Although they peacefully boycotted they continued to help wit housework and nursing
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The Effects of the Protest

  • women hoped that after the civil war they would get rights just like the emancipated slaves, they didn't.
  • the protesting resulted in women being able to vote by 1910 in Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, and Washington.
  • women helped nurse soldiers during WW1.
  • Congress was grateful of the women contributions in WW1 and passed the 19th amendment, it was ratified in late August, 1920.
Schoolhouse Rock - Women's Suffrage movement

Assessment Question

The women showed they should have political rights through conventions and associations, they avoided violence and only boycotted or went to extremes when needed. People feared that women couldn't vote because they weren't independent, they also feared women entering into politics would ruin family life. The women protested through politics, they held conventions and their own associations, while doing so they continued their jobs at home. Their protest showed they can be independent and handle political responsibilities without disrupting family life.