Fighting For Justice Essay

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Imagine a woman's life during the 1960’s, being trapped in a house, stripped from their rights, and working behind a hot stove preparing meals for her family. In the 1960’s women were denied from all rights and restricted to receive the same amount of pay as a man because of their gender. The impact of the women’s movement in today’s society has played a role to women’s rights by allowing them to achieve their goals and dreams by receiving the authority to vote, and to receive the same responsibilities such as working, receiving education, and most of all to be seen as strong independent individuals.
The desire for women to have their rights has been ongoing endeavor. In 1848, The Women’s Suffrage Movement began when the first women’s convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York to declare support for women’s rights. Through the leadership of Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1869, an organization known as The National Women Suffrage Association formed to fight for women’s suffrage, and to be treated equally among men. They created petitions to pass a Congressional Amendment to grant women their rights of freedom. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified that created women the access to vote and to take on the same responsibilities and citizenships as men. Wyoming granted women the vote in 1926, being the first suffrage allowed in U.S history. By Wyoming being the first to allow women to vote it gave a men a brighter perspective to understand that allowing women and men to have the same rights would win publicity and attract single women.
Susan B. Anthony words denotes the drive that she had in her struggle for women’s rights. Anthony’s words “Failure is impossible,” shows men that women would not accept failure as an option when faced with the struggle of suffrage. During the early 20th century, women were denied the right to vote because of their gender and intelligence stereotypes as well as their set role in society. The 19th Amendment of the Constitution gave women the explicit right to vote. Anthony uses this quote to explain to American society that women should be treated equally and should have the same rights as males. Anthony believed that women should fight until they win, because they should also be allowed a playing field against men in society and the workplace. Thomas Jefferson expressed In the Declaration of Independence it is stated that, “all men are created equal” and became the rallying cry for equality in the new nation. Women were part of that nation. Anthony appeared before Congress numerous times asking them to pass a women’s suffrage amendment and she gathered numerous signatures for petitions because she believed that it was her profession to make sure that we are all treated equally among people. These series of events led to Wyoming to become the first state to allow women to vote in 1869. This suffrage movement affected America up until the modern contemporary times,...

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