The idea that women should actually receive the right to vote was blasphemy to men. Men felt very offended when they heard that , especially as their role as the head of the household. They denied the inalienable rights women had.
The women could not do the same things that men could do. No equal rights.
They weren’t allowed to vote, serve in the military, didn’t have custody of their children, and they didn’t have control over their inherited property. This lasted for centuries.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in New York on November 12, 1815. She obtained a high education excelling in Latin, Greek, and math. She also learned how to debate.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, along with other woman activists, founded the National Women Suffrage Association. Stanton was the first president.
She proposed the Declaration of Sentiments to the first women’s rights convention which was held in Seneca Falls, New York, On July 19 and 20 1848. The document was signed by men and women to promote women’s rights.
Susan Brownell Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 in Massachusetts. Her family was Quaker and very strict. She was very highly educated and went to many boarding schools.
In 1872 she demanded the right to vote for women and led a group up to the polls in Rochester to protest for the right for women to vote. She was arrested and tried for breaking the voting laws. She succeeded in her refusal to paying the fine.
In 1888 she organized the International Council of Women and in 1904 she organized the International Woman Suffrage Alliance.
Anna Howard Shaw was born on February 14, 1847 in England and brought to America as a small child. Her family lived in Michigan in a floorless cabin. Education was one of the main things that was important to her. She went to college and got a degree in theology and medicine at Boston University.
Later in life she met Susan B. Anthony and devoted her life fighting for the right to vote. She was vice president of the National American Women Suffrage Association. She reached her goals on woman’s suffrage but later died in 1919.
Women were able to vote for the first time because of the end results of the Civil War and World War I. In the beginning there was a lot of pressure to the strong activists, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, to get their voting rights legalized. In the end though, the 19 th amendment was ratified and the women won the right to vote.