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Women's Suffrage


Important People involved in Women's Suffrage

Mary Wollstonecraft- She wrote the first book that claimed that men and women were not treated equally.
Susan B. Anthony -Leader towards the effort to grant women the right to vote in the United States.
Elizabeth Stanton- Was known as one of the most important women's rights leaders. Wrote the Declaration of Sentiments.
Lucy Stone -She was a suffragist. Best known as the first women who kept her last name after marriage.
Lucretia Mott- Introduced Stanton into the women's rights movement and helped right the Declaration of Sentiments.
Grimke Sisters- Were very involved in the women's rights movement.
Emma Willard- Founded the Emma Willard School where she educated many women about women's rights.
Esther Morris- She fought for the territory of Wyoming to pass a women's suffrage law. This led other states to follow.
Julia Howe- Introduced the idea of Mother's Day. And she was the first president of the New England Woman Suffrage Association.
Paulina Davis- She was a major role in helping women vote and own property.
Margaret Sanger- She believed in the importance to women's lives and women's health. She did a lot with birth control
Rosalyn Terborg-PennShe argued that black women were more drawn to the AWSA than the NWSA because the AWSA supported black men.

Why is this a Civil Rights Issue?

Women's rights is a civil rights issue because women were discriminated because of their sex. The definition of civil rights is- the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. Women were not having the same rights as men, which frustrated them. Women tried for over 50 years to win the right to vote. This time period (mid 1800's to the early 1900's) was called the Suffrage Movement. Women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Alice Paul all were full of dedication and worked really hard for their freedom. Before the 19th amendment was passed, women weren't allowed to own their own land, speak in public, or even get a good education. The world believed men were way more important than women because people claimed that men were smarter and tougher. This got most women mad. New Zealand was the only country that had women allowed to vote. I think that women's rights is definitely a civil rights issue. It was a major conflict and if Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton didn't fight for what they thought was right, girls and women today wouldn't be in school, fighting in the army, and they would be at home cooking and cleaning. The Declaration of Sentiments, made by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, declared the women should be respected by the society. Everyone deserves equal rights, no matter what they gender they are.

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