Womens movement Essay

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womens movement



The Women's Movement
"To have drunkards, idiots, horse racing rum-selling rowdies, ignorant foreigners, and
silly boys fully recognized, while we ourselves are thrust out from all the rights that
belong to citizens, is too grossly insulting to be longer quietly submitted to. The right
is ours. We must have it" (Rynder 3). This quote from one of Cady Stanton's speeches
shows what great injustices women had to suffer. Stanton is saying that even the scum of
the earth had more rights than highly cultured women. In many aspects of life, women's
rights were dramatically less than those of men. Women were not allowed to vote, yet they
had to pay taxes. Women were subjects of their husbands, and expected to do all of the
house work. The fight for women's rights, also known as the women's movement, changed
women's civil rights, social rights, and opened doors for generations of women to come.

The most important civil right that women were denied of was the right to vote. When the
United States became a country, women were never included in which people had the right to
vote. The right to vote in our country was restricted to white men that owned property.
Women wanted this right. The women's movement was already in action before the civil war.
Women were fighting for suffrage, the right to vote, and prohibition, which would outlaw
alcohol. During the war, women's attentions were diverted to war issues, but the movement
was strong again after the war. In the United States, individual states decided who was
allowed to vote. In the western frontier states men and women had to work equally hard to
survive, and men recognized this. In light of this fact, women were given the privilege
of voting. When the civil war ended, all of the slaves were free. This was also the time
when women strove their hardest to pass an amendment that would give women the right to
vote (Sigerman 3). With all the slaves free, the men and women would want suffrage, and
they joined in the fight. One of the women that stands out in history as being a leader in
the women's movement was Susan B. Anthony. When Anthony voted in the election of 1872,
she did so illegally. As a result of her action, Anthony and 16 other women were
arrested. They were then released on bail and were ordered to appear before a grand jury.
Susan was found guilty and given a sentence to pay $100 and the cost of persecution. She
was never forced to pay. Before this, the women's movement had suffered its largest blow
on February 3, 1870 when the 15th amendment was passed. The amendment stopped states from
denying citizens the right to vote "on account of race, color, or previous condition of
servitude," but said nothing about not discriminating based on sex. In this amendment,
men were saying that the African-American men they had enslaved were of higher stature
than their own wives (Stevenson 54). Despite this setback women continued to work for
suffrage. Stanton and other wrote the Sentiments and Resolution 9 in order to get more
people to join in the fight. Many women worked hard to achieve suffrage, and finally they
got it. In 1920 the 19th amendment was finally passed giving women the most important
civil right, the right to vote.

Beside not having the right to vote, women did not have the basic civil right of owning
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