Essay on Women's Suffrage

Submitted By 1234lex
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Beginning in the mid to late 1800’s women began to express their frustration with their roles in society more and more. How could they be the so-called care takers of this country and not be allowed to vote? Many women such as Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams, and Emma Goldman lashed out against the discriminatory constraints of society. Women began to marry less frequently and at older ages, they also began to advocate more for the right to have any sexual orientation. As time went on more ideas in support of women’s rights were spawned and eventually groups were formed for the purpose of advocating and lobbying for women’s rights and more importantly their equality to men.
One such group was the National American Women’s Suffrage Association (NAWSA) which was formed during this time period. The NAWSA was first led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Its main argument for suffrage was the “republican idea of individual citizenship.” The battle for women’s suffrage was extremely difficult especially in its early stages, which is why over time strategies changed within the NAWSA. Eventually leadership within the organization changed and new younger leaders came up with a different strategy to gain suffrage.
The new plan devised by the young leaders of NAWSA that succeeded the likes of Susan B Anthony, was far more controversial. They argued that women needed to vote to pass self-protection laws to guard against rape and unsafe industrial work. They also urged that political enfranchisement would further women’s roles in cleaning up immoral cities and corrupt politics. Their final new argument was that they deserved to vote more than new male immigrants, who they viewed and represented as illiterate idiots unfit to vote. They argued that these new immigrants would just vote for whoever their bosses told them to vote for. So to offset their effect on elections the only correct response would be for women to also gain voting rights. For this final strategy the NAWSA spewed anti-immigration vitriol and helped create a cycle of discrimination against immigrants that would last for decades.