Women really began pushing for proper recognition after the Seneca Falls Convention, which was a women’s rights convention held in 1848.
After the 15th Amendment was passed in 1869, which prohibits Government from denying a citizen the right to vote based on race, suffragists Lucy Stone and Julia Ward Howe were confident that women would be given their own opportunity. As a result of the 15th Amendment becoming law, two organizations were formed.
The National Women Suffrage Association, which worked to get more institutional changes and federal power, (such as property rights to married women) were run by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The second organization was formed by feminist Lucy Stone called the American Woman Suffrage Association. This organization worked to keep the 15th Amendment afloat in hopes to make headway for women’s right to vote. The two organizations decided to join both organizations into one entitled the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA).
As time went on, the first group of women suffragists was coming out of the movement due to advancing age, but younger women confidently and persistently filled their places. In 1915, a woman by the name of Carrie Chapman Catt became the NAWSA president, while suffragist Alice Paul organized and led mass marches and hunger strikes. This group’s hard work and determination paid off. On August 26th 1920, women were given the right to vote in the creation of the 19th Amendment (Scholastic, 2013).
These hard-driven feminists, and many others who have had the courage to follow them, have paved the way for America’s women to take a stance and have the opportunity to act on it. All votes are created equal, and we have all the historic & heroic female suffragists to thank for giving us the gift that is easily overlooked today. We here at Sharn Enterprises wanted to take the time to recognize this monumental event. This movement has also made it possible for women to possess their own businesses, including this very company.
While much progress has been made for women today, there’s still work to be done. Wage gaps are alive and well in the United States, allowing the average female to make around 20% less than the average male (C. Rampell, New York Times, 2010). Though we’re still a work in progress, this is only more opportunity for ambitious women of today to fight for equality.