In the wake of mid-19th century culminated in the formation of a movement that came to be known as Women Suffrage Movement that fought for the rights of women to vote as well as run for electoral positions. In America, the women suffrage movement achieved its prominence after the inaugural convention for women rights held in NewYork in 1848. The pioneers of the movement who were also active members of abolitionist movement through their collaboration emphasized on gaining suffrage.
After the convention, it didn’t stop at that as women suffrage supporters worked hand-in-hand to enlighten the public about the authenticity of woman suffrage. As a matter of fact, through the then pioneers, the women suffragists propagated appeals and lobbied the Congress to confer an amendment on the constitution to emancipate women. Similarly, the women reformers championing the women suffrage movement both in the club and settlement house movement strived to enact legislative reforms. However, the movement realized that for them to attain tangible reforms, they required the constitutional right to participate in voting.
Today, the reason why women vote is as a result of the women suffrage movement, a movement that was bold and persistent enough to politically campaign for the it rights, lasting over six decades. The spirit behind the women suffrage movement gained its inspiration through idealism and sacrifice where thousands of men and women were mobilized.
Women suffrage movement is better known for its remarkable and successful non-violent efforts to change embedded social attitude and institutions in the modern times. With respect to that, women suffrage movement provided a peculiar window in the emergence of women into American political life. The women suffrage movement did not mean that only women were involved, men too were suffragists. The movement depended on men for their votes to continue championing their main agenda. Some of the amendments were virtually men-driven state legislation as courageous men risked being ridiculed in the men dominance society.
According to women suffrage movement, America was now endowed with a new cultural heritage, covering not only historical personalities, but also legendary exploits as well as extraordinary personal figures.
Despite the true women’s equality and freedom not yet attainable, women suffrage movement has offered a new generation of activists a firm foundation on which to future would be built on. By the turn of twentieth century, women suffrage movement enabled women to now enroll into colleges and train for professions that were presumed to be male dominance such as law, medicine as well as corporate.
The culmination of women suffrage movement, opened doors for women to take economic roles and make a mark in the society. Based on that fact, there are more educational opportunities for women, the movement led to women receiving higher salaries even though not the same level as their male counterparts. On the basis of women suffrage movement, women could now use their new found rights to campaign for the enlargement of social policies formulated during the Progressive Era.
In the wake of 1920s, through the collaboration of fourteen women’s rights organization led to the formation of the Women’s Joint Congressional Committee. The main agenda based on the spirit of women suffrage movement was to assertively lobby for federal level of social welfare legislation. As a result, the organization led to the establishment of a mother’s pension program for the less fortunate women and children, as well as industrial reforms for instance child labor laws.