The Struggle For Gain Suffrage

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The struggle to gain suffrage was not easy: anti-suffragists and the gender norms of society constantly interfered, leading to nearly a century-long battle of rights. Unlike preconceived notions about the suffrage movements of the nineteenth century, not all women wanted to obtain suffrage and women 's organizations weren 't always focused on the right to vote itself, but rather were radical. Change and new leadership were needed to refocus and improve women 's suffrage organizations in order to win against their enemy: the indifference of American women. "The Suffrage Renaissance: A New Image for a New Century, 1896-1910", written by Sara Hunter Graham, challenges those initial ideas and provides insight about how woman suffrage movements evolved. As the nineteenth century came to a close, the unification and rebirth of woman suffrage groups became crucial changes that led to obtaining suffrage. After fighting for decades independently, the once separated women 's organizations, National Women Suffrage Association and American Woman Suffrage Association, finally joined to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). The NAWSA assisted suffragists throughout the nation for the sake of gaining state suffrage amendments, but many influential people disapproved the radical ways of suffragists. Not one state fell into the suffrage column until 1910, after the organization adjusted the manner in which its reputation was perceived. Due to continuous problems of

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