Wilson’s Opinion on Women’s Suffrage

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Women’s suffrage was a huge controversy in the 1920s. Many women wanted the right to vote and their voice to be heard. This was the time where the flappers were in action. Women were loud, bold, and daring. All they needed was equal rights; they wanted equal pay, and mainly voting rights. During this time, President Wilson was in office. Wilson won the presidential election due to his view on women’s suffrage; he was completely against it. ("President Woodrow Wilson Picketed by women Suffragists.") On the other hand, his opponent, Roosevelt, supported women’s Suffrage. Throughout his time, his office, his view changed ("President Woodrow Wilson Picketed by Women Suffragists."). Wilson’s view on women’s suffrage changed dramatically but…show more content…
At first, the suffragist seemed very peaceful, and weak. But because the women suffragists were not getting the result they wanted, they began to become very disruptive to the people around them, especially focusing on the president. The women wanted to picket in front of the White House, in order to intimidate the president and get their point across. They wanted to seem powerful and strong, not peaceful and weak. The more they picketed, the more disruptive the women would be to President Wilson and the public. Soon, the picketers became extremely disruptive and were charged with “obstructing traffic” ("President Woodrow Wilson Picketed by Women Suffragists."). They were forced into jail when they refused to pay the fines. But even after they were jailed, they continued their fight from inside the jail. Picketing made the biggest change in Wilson’s opinion towards women’s suffrage, because it was specifically directed specifically at him. After being sent to jail, the suffragists continued to fight. They went on hunger strikes, which led to the public getting involved. The police treated specifically women suffragist harshly. They put the women in unsanitary, rat-infested cells ("Alice Paul Bio 3."). Famous suffragist Alice Paul was put through these conditions. Since they were treated in such horrible ways, Alice Paul went on a hunger strike. She demanded better food, and then only she would eat ("MISS ALICE PAUL ON HUNGER STRIKE."). The
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