Women in Public Space Essays

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The founding fathers and every American official during the 1700s illustrated the great extent that men dominated politics. Even with the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed that “all men are created equal,” women did not gain voting rights for nearly 150 years after the document was written. Through the 1800s and early 1900s, women gained confidence and established organizations to assert their own rights. They formed effective strikes and suffrage groups that coincided with political events in the 1900s and aided in passing the 19th Amendment in 1920, granting women the vote.
The path to suffrage began as early as the 1830s when the mill girls of the Lowell, Massachusetts textile factory, delivered fiery speeches over their
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After overcoming great difficulties and four months of striking, the workers won all of their demands, except union recognition. Figure 8.1 and 8.2 are similar because they both show very strong and confident women, fashionably dressed and serious in their demands.
Leisure-class suffragists also faced many difficulties with trying to move their demonstrations into public spaces. Trying to gain publicity and support, they used unique techniques, such as, turning up on tugboats and in touring cars, they appeared in department store windows and movie theatres, they had bonfires and dramatic pageants. Figure 8.3 is a photograph from the 1915 Pennsylvania state campaign, featuring a suffragist speaking before a group of working men at a factory gate. In the photograph she holds a map indicating suffrage victories. The most successful way of gaining publicity and support was with parades. One of the largest and most well-funded suffrage movement parades was in New York City. These parades featured the participation of women of all classes, including men who supported the cause. Figure 8.4 shows the suffragists marching down Fifth Avenue, New York City in 1913. Both Figure 8.4 and 8.5 show parades that drew huge crowds and a lot of publicity supporting their cause. Figure 8.5 is the Suffrage parade that Alice Paul organized in Washington D.C going down Pennsylvania Avenue in March 1913. The parade drew five thousand women from around the country
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