The Battle Of Women's Suffrage Essay

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During the reconstruction of the South many people had opposing views on black rights. The south predominantly thought blacks were inferior, but the North was more accepting of black rights. After years of fighting between confederates and abolitionists black rights were finally put into place. Black rights caused disunity between the people just as Women's Suffrage in the 20’s did. Just as black rights were sanctioned with time, Women's suffrage should also have been acknowledged. Throughout the 20’s many woman tried to obtain popularity in women's suffrage by holding meetings. The Seneca Falls Convention, organized by Elizabeth Staton, was a convention held by women's rights activists. ...view middle of the document...

Giving women the right to vote might not have fixed every problem in society, but it also didn't cause any new problems within society. Many former abolitionists insisted that it was “the negro’s hour” and that women should wait their turn to earn the right to vote. Despite the fact that blacks were fighting for their rights just as women's right were being brought up, woman’s rights were still just as important as blacks, and the American equal rights association made that clear.
Women played a major role in society as mothers and caretakers for centuries. Men have relied on women to take care of the children and the house. This is the concept of the “cult of domesticity” which means that women are only a wife and mother and do not deserve to have the same rights as men. Document D, To The Men of New Jersey depicts how women should be able to have the same rights as men, stating “No man is greater than his mother...And she’s good enough to vote with you”. Women are the people who take care of the men when they need help and through this document are shown to be strong. This document is also asking men how they can deny their mothers the right to vote when they were the ones that raised them to be the men that they are. The opposing document, Man’s Government By Man, argues that men alone protect and govern in times of conflict so that is the way that it should stay. Although men have always governed and protected the society, women also have in other areas of need. Women protect the children, and nurture them to grow into the men that are governing and protecting. Document D makes a better argument that women should get the right to vote through a song about mothers. Document C also states, “Man’s government by women would be a government without the power to enforce its decrees”. This document makes a valid point that at first it might be hard for women to gain respect in government. But this document is wrong when it says women would not be able to handle conflict because they faced other challenges in the household.
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