The Women 's Suffrage By Susan B. Anthony

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“Trust me that as I ignore all law to help the slave, so will I ignore it all to protect an enslaved woman.” This quote by Susan B. Anthony, stated during the women’s suffrage movement, illustrates the hypocrisy women faced during the late 1800’s. Furthermore, it displays that women’s rights can be compared to that of an enslaved human being instead of a free United States citizen. Throughout American history gender inequality has been a prevalent, ongoing, concern. Sherna Berger Gluck’s novel, From Parlor to Prison, is a collection of stories from five American suffragists depicting their lives while working towards passing the 19th Amendment. Gluck transcribes the stories of Sylvie Thygeson, Jessie Haver Butler, Miriam Allen deFord, Laura Ellsworth Seiler, and Ernestine Hara Ketter and their unique contribution to history. Together these five women acted and contributed to changes the constitution and passing the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, which lead to more equality in the United States. This historical novel not only gives a sense of the movement, but of the working-, middle-, and upper-class women who were apart of it. In addition, the book gives insight to how difficult it was to stand for a cause one believed in. Furthermore, the people contributing to women’s right to vote were treated unjustly comitant to other radical changes in history. The women taking part in working towards passing the 19th Amendment faced oppression, similar to that that
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