The Suffrage Movement

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Over the past century, Virginia and the United States have encountered a number of drastic historical changes. As both men and women had the right to cast a vote in the most recent election, a little less than a century ago women did not have to right to vote. It was not until women throughout the United States came together to spark a suffrage movement that lead to congress passing the Nineteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution which provided women with the right to vote.
The suffrage movement within the state of Virginia began in the year of 1870. Despite determined efforts, the earliest movement for woman’s suffrage in Virginia was not very successful. On November 27, 1909, a small group of writers, artists, physicians,
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In Virginia however, the ESL was facing a problem because they did not have the finances or organizational tools to fully implement the NAWSO’s policies. Since Virginia’s ESL was not fully aligned with it parent organization from the beginning, they received very little assistance from the parent organization. Although the organization was not progressing, they never gave up on the suffrage campaign and by 1911, they established a state headquarters and increased their efforts to spread the suffrage movement throughout the commonwealth.
Virginia suffragists first supported conventional gender stereotypes that women belonged in the house rather than supporting their reform on sexual equality. The president of Virginia’s ESL chose to implement this particular strategy to avoid challenging the status quo which would provoke more opposition. However, as time progressed, suffragists of Virginia shifted from acceptance of traditional gender roles, towards supporting the need of female equality. As the group became aware of women’s legal, economic, and social disabilities, their interests and their events began to incorporate an agenda that consisted of strong feminists components. Many speakers at the weekly ESL meetings spoke on diverse topics such as labor conditions for both women and children, public health laws, city planning, along with woman suffrage. By the year 1913, suffragists passed resolutions that endorsed equal pay for equal work,
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