aug 18, 1920 - 19th Amendment Passed
The fight for women’s suffrage launched long before the 20th century even started, when women began to break the traditional mold of the pure housewife. Historians call this image of women the “Cult of True Womanhood” which states that the only ‘true’ woman is one who is pious and submissive. The breaking of this image reshaped the way that women were seen throughout the rest of history. 1848 was the first recorded time that a woman’s activist group met. In Seneca Falls, New York, the group of mostly women (and a few men) invited by well known activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, gathered and began to discuss the issue of gender bias and rights in America. From there, the movement only grew until, finally in 1890, the official National American Woman Suffrage Association was formed. The group’s original message was that men and women were created equal and thus, deserved the same rights under the law. This message changed in the fight for the right to vote. The Association began arguing that because women and men were different and had separate ideas that they would use their votes wisely and represent the views of every American. This argument helped win the right to vote and Western states began to give women their basic right in 1910, starting with Wyoming and Idaho. In 1920, after a 70 year battle, the 19th Amendment, (which granted the women the right to vote) was finally passed.
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19th Amendment Passed
Women given the right to vote.