Women felt a need for a change because they were tired of being "barefoot and pregnant". Women did not want to be mere objects (Hand 1). There is evidence that God had created men and women as equals in the fifth chapter of Genesis which says, "In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed and named them man in the day when they were created" (Rogers).
Women have not always been treated fairly and not all women are treated fairly yet. Although, women's rights have changed significantly for the good in the past two centuries.
There are countless numbers of people, mainly women, who are to be thanked for these changes. One such woman is Susan B. Anthony, "The most famous of American Suffragists" (Eisenberg 108). Another such a woman was Elizabeth Cody Stanton. She was best known for proposing women's suffrage in 1848 (Nies 64). Anthony and Stanton founded and led the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) in 1869 (Ashby 108). These two women made a great team because Anthony "recognized that unless women got the vote, whatever rights they had gained could be taken from them" (Stephenson 271). The "Anthony Amendment" or the Nineteenth Amendment was brought back to the House of Representatives on January 10, 1918. It took two more years for the amendment to get through the Senate and the State Legislatures for final ratification in 1920 (Stephenson 273-4).
Alice Paul was also an American Suffragist. She was jailed for helping in England's Women's Suffrage ordeal. After being jailed, she went on a hunger strike and was forcibly fed in 1907 (Stephenson 273). Paul formed the National Women's Party with Lucy Burns (Hand 1).