Take A Moment And Think:For How Long Did Women Have Suffrage,

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Take a moment and think: For how long did women have suffrage, the right to vote, in America? At first, one would think it has been around for quite a long time, since voting is seen as a basic human right. In reality, women’s suffrage has only been officially around for less than a century, as the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was ratified in 1920 (history.house.gov). In present day society, not many people think about how little time has passed since the amendment came to be, or even reflect on the reasons that the suffragists were successful. Some of those who do, however, may believe that without Woodrow Wilson’s, who was the president of America at the time, support in the suffrage campaign, the 19th…show more content…
Correspondingly to the effects of creating newspapers, suffragists inspired other women to rise up by forming marches that showcased their ability to employ effective strategies for gaining publicity and their strength of will to stand up for their beliefs. One of the most famous marches was the 1913 Women 's Suffrage Parade, which was the first major national event of the suffrage movement. On March 3, 1913, lawyer and activist Inez Milholland, riding a pure white horse, had led over five thousand suffragettes, over 20 parade floats, nine bands, and four mounted brigades up Pennsylvania Avenue (obamawhitehouse.archives.gov). The powerful and almost ethereal picture she painted caught and held massive attention from both spectators at the time, which was augmented by the timing of the parade itself. The National American Woman Suffrage Association had demonstrated their prowess for tactical thinking by strategically holding the parade the day before the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson, which brought thousands of people into the town, and subsequently made said people available to viewing the suffrage event. At the same time, the increased audience provided those who had not joined the suffrage movement a chance to see how women would not give into any obstacle in their path to gaining the right to vote. Violence towards marchers, including tripping jostling, and outright attacking, had been met with little resistance by the police on the parade
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