WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT
  • The struggle to achieveequal rights for women is often thought to have begun, in the english speaking world with the publication of Mary Wallstonescraft's A Vindication Of The RIghts Of Women in 1792.During the 19th century, as male suffrage was gradually extended in many countries, women became increasingly active in the quest for their own suffrage. Not until 1893, however, in New Zealand, did women achieve suffrage on the national level.

  • The demand for the enfranchisement of American women was first seriously formulated at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. After the Civil War, agitation by women for the ballot became increasingly vociferous. In 1869, however, a rift developed among feminists over the proposed 15th Amendment, which gave the vote to black men. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and others refused to endorse the amendment because it did not give women the ballot.
  • In Canada women won the vote in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in 1916; after federal suffrage was achieved in 1918, the other provinces followed suit, the last being Quebec in 1940. Among the Latin American countries, national women's suffrage was granted in 1929 in Ecuador, 1932 in Brazil, 1939 in El Salvador, 1942 in the Dominican Republic, 1945 in Guatemala, and 1946 in Argentina. In many Middle Eastern countries universal suffrage was acquired after World War II. In some countries, such as Saudi Arabia, there is no suffrage at all, and in others, such as Kuwait, it is very limited and excludes women completely.

Harriet Tubman
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Around 1820
was responsible for the emancipation of thousands of African enslaved by the racist capitalist slaveowners in the United States. Her actions inspired thousands more to fight for and achieve freedom.
She became a major leader in the abolitionist movement in the United States. For her brilliance and determination in the struggle against slavery, we remember Tubman as a revolutionary woman.

Susan B. Anthony
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Susan B. Anthony

Arrested in 1872 in the U.S. for voting in the national election, Susan B. Anthony continued the struggle for women's suffrage for the rest of her life.
Published "The Revolution" from 1868-1870, a weekly paperabout the woman suffrage movement whose motto read, "Men their rights and nothing more, women their rights and nothing less.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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When she married abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton in 1840, she'd already observed enough about the legal relationships between men and women to insist that the word obeybe dropped from the ceremony.An active abolitionist herself, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was outraged when the World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London, also in 1840, denied official standing to women delegates.



Carrie Chapman Catt
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When Carrie was 13 years old, she asked why her mother was not getting dressed up to go to town to vote like her father and his hired man. Her sincere question was met with laughter and the reason that voting was too important a civic duty to leave to women. That day was to be a turning point in her life. Another important point came in high school when she was introduced to Charles Darwin’s “Orgin Of The Spicies.”


Lucretia Mott
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Lucretia Coffin was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on 3rd January, 1793.
In 1811 Lucretia married James Mott, another teacher at the school. Ten years later, she became a Quaker minister. Lucretia and her husband were both opposed to the slave trade and were active in the American Anti-Slavery.