Women Sufferage

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The sufferage by the woman was terrible during the 1800 and the1900, the only thing that they wanted was the right to vote and to be accepted in what they called a democratis goverment. "I believe woman suffrage to be the final result of the evolution of a true demoocracy." (Fanny Ames). Although the U.S. Constitution calls for "a goverment of people," it wasn't until August 26, 1920 that the 19th amendment was ratified to give women their rights.

The road to women's sufferage was long and hard, it all started in 1848 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the first women's right convention in Seneca Falls, NY, and launged the womans sufferage movement. In 1870 the goal was partially realized when the 15th amendment was ratified and black men had the right to vote. The following year, a petition was sent to the Senate and House of Representatives granting woman's privilege of being heard on the Congress floor.

It was signed by the two well known women, Susan B.

Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, which organized the National Womens Sufferage Assosiation (NWSA) in 1869. In 1872 Anthony registered and voted in the election in Rochester, NY. As planned, she was arrested for "knowingly, wrongfully and unlawfully voting for a representative to the Congress of the United States," and was fined 100 dollars, which she insisted she would never paya a penny of. In 1874 she asked the Congress if they would emitther fine because her conviction was unjust. Anthony and Stanton became "inseparable colleagues" in the fight for the woman's rights. After the Civil War, there were differences among the sufferage laders that formally split them into two rival assosiations. One of them was the NWSA, which was earier mentioned and the other was the American...