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The Fight for Women's Suffrage

20 Jul 2015, 22:09 UTC
The Fight for Women's Suffrage
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I wrote a blog in June on the early women's rights movement in the US and the famous Seneca Falls Convention. As with the civil rights movement, Quakers played a key role in the push toward equality. Today I am writing about the fascinating story of the suffrage movement in the late 1800's and early 1900's that gave women the right to vote, and the leadership that Susan B. Anthony provided.Susan B. Anthony coin first minted in 1979 A resolution was passed at the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention in favor of women voting, but was one of many. Toward the end of the 19th century, particularly after the civil war (1861 - 1865), suffrage became a focus of the women's movement. The goal was first to have the Supreme Court rule that women had a constitutional right to vote under the existing US constitution. When that failed in 1875, the more difficult effort began to amend the constitution.Abraham Lincoln is not mentioned in most histories of the suffrage movement. I did some research and found that he was supportive, but primarily in private letters. For example, in an early 1836 letter he wrote about the privileges of voting "by no ...

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