Beginning the Move Towards Woman’s Suffrage The veryfirst woman’s rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony were among the women who has organized it.They were all experienced women in abolition, temperance, and property law reform movements.”Their initial meeting produced a Declaration of Sentiments which outlined the major issues and initiatives that would occupy activist women into the next century”.
Among those outlined was woman’s suffrage.This goal for woman’s suffrage would dominate the women’s right movement for the next 70 years. The people who participated in the Seneca Falls convention shared the same ideals, but differed in their methods and membership.
This would eventually lead to the formation of two women’s rights organizations, the American Woman Suffrage Association(AWSA) & the National Woman Suffrage Association(NWSA).The AWSA used its old allies in the Republican Party to spread their ideals.The NWSA, run by Stanton and Anthony, used its newspaper, the Revolution, to promote female suffrage as a way to elevate wealthy, educated women over freed slaves and immigrant men.These two organizations often worked against each other and neither had made much progress. (Walter 185) After decades of unsuccessful efforts, the AWSA & NWSA merged in 1890 to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association(NAWSA).
The new organization elected new national leaders Carrie Chapman Catt and Anna Howard Shaw.It created more intense involvement in state campaigns and connections within growing women’s clubs such as the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.The Progressive Movement was under way and strengthened women’s need to participate in elections in order to foster social reform.
(Walter 186) WWI played a great factor for the progress woman’s suffrage.It…