The Women 's Suffrage Movement

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On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, enforcing that all American women had the right to vote, and were granted the same rights and responsibilities as men in terms of citizenship. Until this time, the only people who were allowed to vote in elections in the United States were male citizens. For over 100 years, women who were apart of the women’s suffrage movement fought for their right to vote, and faced many hardships and discrimination because of it. The American women’s suffrage movement was one of the most important political movements in history, and could not have been successful without the perseverance of many women over many years. As long as men have been infringing on the rights of women is as long as women have been speaking out against these unfair laws. These women who spoke out were often unheard, but as more and more women added their voices, it became impossible to ignore. The 19th century was a time for social reform, so this movement was able to take off not only in the United States, but throughout Europe as well. The event that began the women’s suffrage movement in the United States was the Seneca Falls Convention, which was held in New York on July 19, and 20, 1848. This convention was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, and had over 250 women and 40 men in attendance to address key concerns of women’s rights, like the right to vote. Almost 100 of the people in attending signed the

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