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WOMENS SUFFERAGEThe traditional view of women in society was to stay at home clean raise children and to help with the family farm This view started to change around the late 19th century and during the industrial revolution Male domination kept women at home but in the early 19th century legislatures and educators began expanding the opportunities of women in education Though there were exceptions and problems with women and education was womens first step considering they could now get jobs in medicine and law During the Civil War women took over their husbands jobs and temporarily stopped fighting for suffrage They started helping the black slaves achieve freedom The anti-slavery movement the 15th amendment pushed women further down the trail leading to suffrage Although it took threeamendments later and 90 solid years of hard fighting for women to obtain the 19th amendment They finally did achieve their goalIn the 1820s men were in power In their homes in the workplace and everywhere else The men philosophy included these ideas First it wasaccepted that women are possessions of their husbands and therefore they must agree with everything they say Second it was believed that most women were uneducated or stupid so women were automatically assumed to be incapable of voting for president Also because women were unschooled and ignorant their say was unimportant And finally that they were superior and that they should stay that way This was a difficult philosophy for women to overturn This is one reason why womens suffrage took so long to obtain Dickey 1995In addition to male domination women hurt their own cause The public believed that suffragists were connected with scandal-mongerers such as the Claflin sisters Consequently most suffragists limited their work to conventional topics and scorned radical view points For example When Anthony Comstock of Boston and Josiah W of Philadelphia undertook crusades against obscenity feminists applauded and approved the formation in 1895 of the American Puritan
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