1900’s Women’s Suffrage By: Mallory Mixon and Elle Henson
Womenâ€™s suffrage was about angry mobs of women fighting for their rights. Usually when I think about angry mobs of women I would think of shoes, but no, this was about justice!
â€˘ The women were fighting for more rights, especially the right to vote. There was many suffragists that had major impacts on getting the 19th amendment, or the amendment for their right to vote.
• Our personal favorite suffragist was Alice Paul. She was born January 11th, 1885. This lady was wild about getting her right to vote. “Deeds not words” was Alice Paul’s motto, and that’s funny because most people’s motto now is “YOLO.” She was definitely the leader of all the women’s suffragists.
â€˘ Alice was very active in her protesting. One of the times when she was imprisoned, she refused to eat because it was her right to choose whether she wanted to eat. They ended up having to force a tube down her throat, just for her to eat.
â€˘ Lucy Burns was another important suffragist. Burns first major experiences with activism were with the Pankhursts in the United Kingdom from 1909 to 1912.She was so inspired by their activism and charisma that she dropped her graduate studies to stay with them and work in the Womenâ€™s Social and Political Union, an organization dedicated to fighting for women's rights in the United Kingdom.
â€˘ Upon returning to the United States, Paul and Burns joined the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA) as leaders of its Congressional Committee. Both women felt it was critical to hold the political party in power responsible for a federal suffrage amendment. Not willing to back down without a fight, Burns and Paul enlisted the help of Jane Addams, a well-respected and more unorthodox NAWSA leader, to petition their cause to her fellow NAWSA leaders.17 While the women were forced to tone down their proposal, NAWSA leaders did authorize a suffrage parade during Woodrow Wilsonâ€™s inauguration
• WWI was another reason women started protesting. The women carried out the men’s jobs during the war, so the women thought sense they could do the men’s jobs they should have their rights.