Exploring Their Rights And Encountering Change : Women Of The 1920s

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Exploring Their Rights and Encountering Change: Women of the 1920s Today, women have the same rights as men, but it wasn’t always that way. Women had very little rights in the 1920s. In this paper, we will look into the struggles of women, how their jobs changed from when they gained their rights, and finally we will go over some famous activists. The campaign for women’s suffrage began in the earnest in the decades before the Civil War. During the 19th century, as male suffrage was slowly extended in many countries, women became increasingly active in the search for their own suffrage. In 1848, a group of abolitionists activists- mostly women, but some men- gathered in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss the problem of women’s rights. With…show more content…
Some historians believe that the war was a key element in the granting of the franchise to women over the age of 30 years who held property in 1918. However, gratitude for women 's war work cannot explain why only women over the age of 30 got the vote while it was the younger women who had done the work. Early 1919, the House of Representatives passed the 19th amendment by a vote of 304 to 90, and the Senate approved it 56 to 25. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Anti- suffrage legislators fled the state to avoid a quorum and their associations held massive anti-suffrage rallies and attempted to convince pro-suffrage legislators to oppose it. For example, Maryland did not ratify the amendment until 1941 and transmit the ratification on the document to the State Department until 1958. Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan were the first states to ratify it. In 1919, one year before women gained the right to vote with the adoption of the 19th amendment, the NAWSA reorganized into the League of Women Voters. Starting in 1920, some states in the West began to extend the vote to women for the first time in almost 20 years. It was not until 1928
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