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Women's Suffrage/Hardships in America

Updated on August 29, 2016

“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union”, said by the inspiring Susan B. Anthony. Anthony is trying to say that women are just as much to blame as men for forming the civilization of the world, but more specifically America, and they should get the same rights as men. From the late 1800s to the day she died, Anthony fought to gain the simple freedom that men had, but as simple as it sounded the goal felt like it was miles away. Due to Anthony and her willingness to fight for her fellow people, women are now allowed to not only vote, but also run for president. Women are not only breaking out of being the housewife, but also becoming lawyers. They are not only becoming the lawyer, but the leader of the household. Women in America forged a different path and took their new rights and used them at there fullest. Economically, politically, and socially woman have made the unordinary thought into the common action, but of course hardships were endured but overcame.

Susan B. Anthony

Women's Hardships Economically

It was extremely hard for women to achieve in the economic fields due to the fact that it would be out of the ordinary for women to work and many hardships would be endured. The thought that a woman had to stay home and clean all day ruled the old fashioned life style, so it was hard for the ordinary lady to break that barrier. Susan B. Anthony helped greatly for this cause. Anthony set up the first suffragist campaign, which was held in Seneca Falls. The campaign was set to find more followers for Anthony’s beliefs and to help stop the stereotypical idea of woman being maids around the house. This revolution influenced many women in that time and for years to come. After Anthony’s ideas were launched many women started to work for themselves and help support their families with money. An example was when the birth control pill came out, many women that were involved in this project made lots of money, from Margaret Sanger to the factory workers who helped distribute it. “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life” said by Hillary Clinton. The quote said by Clinton is a prime example of how Anthony changed the economical stance on a woman. She made the unthinkable thought into a probable idea. The hardships women endured were violent threats and discrimination due to the fact that men’s jobs were being taken. In the end women won their way to the top economically.

The Demand To Vote

Women's Sufferage Politically

The political stance for women was at the lowest it could possibly be, which is the reason why many women had to risk everything just to fight for their political freedom. Before WWII women started to fight for their right to vote, but they were stopped in they’re tracks due to the war arising. Due to the war women were not forced to stop fighting for their right, but it was morally wrong against your country and president to do so. The subject was not brought up again until Alice Paul of the 1950s started a women’s suffrage group, which enabled thousands of women to come together and get their equal right. From the movie “Iron Jawed Angles” people can see all the pain, suffering, and tears that went into fighting for a simple right. Many scenes throughout the movie show how women were looked down upon compared to men, and how no one respected them. One great example is when Paul’s suffrage group holds a parade in order to spread the word of equality, but riots break out injuring many and hurting others emotionally. “We women of America tell you that America is not a democracy. Twenty million women are denied the right to vote” said by Paul. Paul has an extremely good point against the “democracy” in America. How can a country hold such a title when almost half the country cannot even vote for anything? Eventually, Paul and her followers ran into the same problem that the suffragist groups from the 1920s did, war broke out. This time the suffragists did not stop, but ended up paying for their “immoral” actions. The leaders of the suffragist group including Paul were sent to jail for obstructing traffic, but were beat up and imprisoned for it instead of a routine fine. In jail the women were treated like scraps, which is where “Iron Jawed Angels” gave great images of what happened inside the jail walls. When the women got out they kept fighting for their right and won their freedom, which has carried a long way. For example, Hillary Clinton, a strong woman figure in America, ran for president this year, but even though she lost it shows how far women have came since Susan B. Anthony and Seneca Falls. As people can see the thought of women having political power seemed like crazy talk, but now that unordinary thought has turned into a common one. Paul and her people made it possible for women to expand upon her belief in the world and how it should be an equal haven, and politically she over achieved in what she wanted. Paul was one of the main reasons why the Glass Ceiling, which was the invisible barrier that prevents women from holding positions in power, was broken.

Suffragists

Women's Hardships Socially

Socially, women have been taken advantage of, placed in stereotypical positions, and have been forced into looking beautiful constantly. Women today are still being taken advantage of. A perfect example that many people can relate to is a single woman on her own. Many people today overprice single woman on certain things just because they think they are too soft to say something or stand up for themselves. Women are constantly being taken advantage of in sexual manners also. Many young women are used by young men for pleasure instead of finding love. For example, men will see how far they can get with a woman and never speak to them again. This is extremely cruel, but is a prime example of how women are taken advantage of. Then there is the stereotypical position given to women, which is the stay at home mom who does all the cleaning and cooking. This was the first thing that was fought by Susan B. Anthony. Still today many woman are thought out to be that “soccer mom.” At Seneca Falls this stereotypical position for women was trying to be overcome, Elizabeth Cady Stanton gave a famous speech there. “We 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…” is a very important line in Stanton’s speech. Stanton tries to get across that women are not able to have any of the promised rights in America and that the “fact” that men and women are born equal is wrong. Do men have to wake up everyday two hours before school or work to get ready? Women are expected and forced to do these things by society or else they will not be accepted as an equal, which is horribly wrong. Among looks also comes a woman’s freedom to choose the way they want to look and choose to make decisions about her own body. Margaret Sanger introduced the birth control pill, but Comstock laws prevented the pill for a long time. Eventually the Comstock Laws were taken away and birth control was available to American society. This gave woman the right to make her own decisions and make the dream of having a say real. Women still had to deal with abuse from their local churches, family, or people who disliked the idea of killing a live baby. Women are never safe from being endured through pain and suffering, but it is easy to say that women together came a very long way.

Crash Course on Women's Suffrage

Are Women Still Suffering?

Women all over the country finally stood up for themselves and demanded to be equal economically, politically, and socially. Many hardships were endured with women throughout the country, but the strong women across the country fought and overcame their problems. Woman and economics were never brought up in the same sentence, because a woman was known as the “maid” the one who cooks and cleans for her lovely husband. Thanks to Anthony she made it possible for woman to have the choice to stay at home or go out and work. An example would be Clinton, she made it on her own with no help and now mostly everyone knows her name. Clinton would also fall under the political point of view, where she became more than just the working mother but an American figure. Also under the political view for women, which was an enormous step, was the right to vote lead by the suffragist group leader Alice Paul. Socially, women still have not gained their full equality, but they have come a long way. Due to the fact that people today can still see that women are being taken advantage of, socially women are still low. Many questions still arise though. For example, are women free in America yet? Are women equal to men in America yet? Lastly, when will women be thought as the equal citizen instead of the weakest link?

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    • Oldskool903 profile imageAUTHOR

      David Flores 

      2 years ago

      @NeoVicking64, in this article I do talk about Women's Suffrage, but I also speak about other hardships they went through. This is why the title specifically says, "Women's Suffrage/Hardships in America".

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      NeoViking64 

      2 years ago

      Horrifying.

      This is the second article I've seen on Hubpages where the goofball author actually thought that "suffrage" means, "suffering. "

      "Suffrage" is the right to vote. When women got the right to vote, they got suffrage. When they were trying to get the right to vote, they were pro-suffrage women, or, "suffragettes."

      Sheesh. Where do you people come from?

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      suffragist 

      4 years ago

      this so cool i finally know something

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      someone 

      8 years ago

      chever

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      EngagementRing 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great hub! I think men and women alike suffer, just in different ways.

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