Woman's Suffrage

The Right for Women to Vote by Kathleen DiCarlo

Background information

  • Created to demand women equality

  • Were known to be dependent on men

  • Started demanding in the 1600's

  • Called for women fairness in politics, education, and property

  • Wanted to choose representatives

  • Many thought they were capable of governing themselves

  • Movements were opened to both gender

People's Opinions on Woman Suffrage

  • Priests: Believed they should be doing housework and taking care of kids
  • Politicians: Were scared that women voting would take them out of office
  • Socialists: Feared they would vote for only conservative candidates
  • Many thought of women as untrustworthy
  • Women were not smart or capable enough

Events Leading Up to Protests

  • Social conditions of the 1880's-Women received more education and took part in social movements
  • The 15th Amendment- Black men could vote (not women)
  • Questioned why immigrants could vote but not them

Information about the Protests

  • Active protests
  • Boycotts
  • Organizations ( National Woman's Suffrage Association and American Woman's Suffrage Association )
  • Conventions
  • Chained themselves to the White House
  • Hunger Strikes (not eating as a way of protesting)
  • During the late 1800's and early 1900's (For the US)
  • Women all over the world demanded equality


  • Margaret Brent- first to protest, voiced opinions
  • Lucretia Mott
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony : creator of National Woman's Suffrage Association
  • Lucy Stone : creator of American Woman's Suffrage Association
  • Alice Paul : Chained herself to White House to protest

Seneca Falls Convention

  • Convention to discuss social, civil, and religious rights
  • Created by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Seneca Falls New York
  • Wrote the Declaration of Sentiments (1776)

Effects of Protest

  • Many met hostility / violence
  • Took decades ( women had to plead male electorate )
  • New Zealand (1893): first country to show women equality
  • 1910: Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Washington passed law
  • Woman's actions during World War II
  • 1920: 15 states passed law
  • Today: Almost all women can vote
  • Protests show woman's passion to equality
  • Protests caused people to rethink women
  • 19th Amendment: Gave women the right to vote

How did the Participants Demonstrate their Belief System Through the Protests?

  • Risked getting arrested and their lives
  • They took a stand even when they heard the peoples opinions
  • Strong, brave, opinionated, and loyal towards topic
  • Confident enough to be in active marches
  • They did not care what others thought

Woman's Suffrage Video