Compare and Contrast Women’s Suffrage Movements Essay

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“Compare and contrast women’s suffrage movements of the late nineteenth and early centuries with the European feminist movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s.”

Whereas the women’s suffrage movements focused mainly on overturning legal obstacles to equality, the feminist movements successfully addressed a broad range of other feminist issues. The first dealt primarily with voting rights and the latter dealt with inequalities such as equal pay and reproductive rights. Both movements made vast gains to the social and legal status of women. One reached its goals while the other continues to fight for women’s rights.
I. Women’s suffrage movements
A. Main focus was in achieving the right of vote to women.
1. The suffragists
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c. Representation of the People Act 1918 gave women the right to vote if they were property
holders and older than 29.
d. The Sex Disqualification Act 1919 opened professions and the Civil Service to women.
e. Matrimonial Causes Act in 1923 gave women the right to the same grounds for divorce as men.
D. The Mud March on February 7, 1907 consisted of over 3,000 women who trudged through the cold
and muddy streets of London to advocate for women’s suffrage.

1. It was organized by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) and led by
Phillipa Strachey, Millicent Fawcett, Lady Strachey, Lady Frances Balfour, and Keir Hardie.

2. A wide variety of women participated in the event. “… titled women, university women, artists,
members of women’s clubs, temperance advocates, and women textile workers gathered from all parts of the country."

3. This spectacle proved the dedication of the women for the cause to the many spectators lining
the route of the procession.

4. The public display also gained immense press coverage and brought to attention the seriousness
of the women’s suffrage movement.

5. This event paved the way for many more suffrage processions with 40,000 women participating
in the last suffrage procession in 1913.
E. The suffragist movement in America.

1. Famous leaders…