Women's Suffrage History

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The passage of women’s suffrage was a long journey which included many conventions and organizations to kick it off. Women’s suffrage was an idea that came from the women’s rights movement, which held conventions. These conventions were a big attribute to the passage of women’s suffrage. Women’s suffrage first became a political issue when it was brought up in 1848 at the Seneca Falls convention, located in Seneca Falls, New York. Five women, four of which were Quaker rights activists, called the two day long convention. The resolution of the convention was a declaration of sentiments, signed by one hundred of the three hundred people who attended the convention. After this convention, women’s rights activists were determined to keep fighting…show more content…
In 1916, Paul formed the National women’s party which was a militant group focused on nationally passing the suffrage amendment, rather than doing it state by state. This group supported Alice’s bravery and women’s rights. In 1917, two hundred members and supporters of the National women’s party protested against the the fact that the right would not be passed by picketing in front of the White House along with other demonstrations of civil disobedience. These women, including Alice Paul, were arrested by aggravated Police for blocking the sidewalk and sent to prison where they went on hunger strikes. Because of these hunger strikes, the women were often aggressively force fed through tubes shoved down their throats. The publicity of this cruelty put a lot of pressure on authorities and they finally released the women. Soon after, in 1918, President Wilson spoke to the Senate and approved the suffrage amendment. On August 26, 1920, the 19ht amendment was added to the U.S. constitution stating, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of
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