The Women 's Suffrage Movement Essay

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For decades, women struggled to gain their suffrage, or right to vote. The women’s suffrage movement started in the decades before the Civil War, and eventually accomplished its goal in the year of 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified into the U.S. Constitution. After the U.S. Civil War, the women’s suffrage movement gained popularity and challenged traditional values and sexism in the country; the increase of progressive social values benefited the women suffragists by allowing them to succeed in passing the 19th Amendment which changed the role of women in society, guaranteed them a voice in politics, and encouraged future generations to struggle for women’s equal rights. It’s important to realize that prior to the 19th Amendment, many states had already given women the right to vote. Therefore, women in certain states, were allowed to vote alongside with men. The first state to guarantee the vote for women was Wyoming in 1869 which at that time was considered a territory. The western states that gave women the right to vote in 1869-1914 were Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Colorado with the exception of Kansas and Illinois that were located elsewhere. The sex ratio in these states is a major reason why the state legislations granted women suffrage. Since there were far more men than women in the west, there was much lower risks to political stability. Women may have gained the vote in these states; however, they

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