For centuries women had minimal rights, even till this day women are still fighting for their rights. Many of the rights women have in the present have been obtained through immense pain and suffrage, especially the right to vote. Women were not seen as responsible enough and I dare say were in a way seen as slaves. Women had no say in who should rule the country as they can’t possibly make decisions, obviously that isn’t true. Hence the birth of the Suffragette Movement, fighting for women’s right to vote.
The suffragette movement began in the early 1800s and lasted for several decades and in some countries almost a century! The movement began before the civil war when women had not actively been a part of the economy. Once world war 1 occurred women were finally allowed to work. Women’s voices were now finally starting to be heard and their actions finally to be taken seriously. Women’s rights activists were now more bolder than ever, they were brave and strong while fighting. Speeches, campaigns and rallies were held by women to get their points across in order to gain rights. Many of these were very impactful and still discussed till this day.
In 1848, the first convention regarding women’s rights in the United States was held. The Seneca Falls convention was held in New York and was attended by over 300 people. Women spoke up regarding rights, equality and more opportunities. After the emancipation proclamation of 1862 women also wanted to be included in the amendment, thus the National Woman’s Suffrage Association was established. The actions of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association were not taken by the congress. Not only were women struggling with the suffrage women, black women were struggling with both the suffrage movement as racism. Black women were not allowed to participate in many rallies and marches held by associations. Instead black women came together and formed the National League of Colored Women.
Multiple organizations emerged and merged in hopes to receive voting rights. With world war one women were filling in jobs and were volunteer nurses. Thanks to the war, women were seen as important to society and deserve the right to vote. In 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified and women in the United States were finally given the right to vote.
This struggle was long and hard but thanks to the women of the past, women of the future have more strength and power to continue the fight for equality. Just like the success of the suffragette movement, the feminism movement will day be victorious.