Title:Women Suffrage Background Brief Description: Background information on how women recieved the right to vote.

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Woman Suffrage Background

Votes for women were first seriously proposed in the United States in July, 1848, at the Seneca Falls Woman's Rights Convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony. One woman who attended that convention was Charlotte Woodward. She was nineteen at the time. In 1920, when women finally won the vote throughout the nation, Charlotte Woodward was the only participant in the 1848 Convention who was still alive to cast her vote. Eighty-one years old, she cast her vote proudly.

Some battles for woman suffrage were won state-by-state by the early 20th century. Alice Paul and the National Women's Party began using more radical tactics to work for a federal suffrage amendment to the Constitution: Bothering the White House, staging large suffrage marches and demonstrations, and going to jail. Thousands of ordinary women took part in these, later in the 1920s given them their right to vote.

There are still many women who hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is certain that women will not quit for their given right to be equal as men. A dream come true for all women.