Woman suffrage

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Jessica Ward

American Ciz. 1700


There were many events in history that helped shaped the way America is today. One event that really changed the way of life was the Woman Suffrage movement. Without it women would not be where we are today.

The Woman Suffrage was a fight so that women would have equal rights with men, by having the right to vote. Many women, like Carrie Chapman Catt, who was the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Catt helped to hold protests and helped women gain the right to vote. Another influential woman is Alice Paul, she started the fight for women suffrage when she was in her early twenties, and continued her work in London. She was arrested many times and would go on hunger strikes while in jail. Hunger strikes happened so often that the prison officials would force the women to eat or would release them until they were healthy again, once healthy they would be arrested again. This was known as the Cat and Mouse Act. Alice Paul and 5,000 other women protested at Presidents Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. With this protest Wilson was still unsure of granting women the right to vote, but decided that it would be based on a state to state decision. This did not please the women and then in 1920 women finally won the right to vote.

If it was not for women like Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul women would not have all of the rights that we have today. We would not be treated as equals to men. Catt and Paul helped to pave the road for women to fight for what they believed in and for women to fight for equality. Today there are some differences in the way that men are treated verses women, especially in the work field, but things are improving and women are being viewed to be just as equal as men.

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