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Hundreds of women gave the their whole lives thousands gave years of their lives and hundreds of thousands gave constant amounts of their time and aid to attain womens suffrage It was a continuous seemingly endless chain of activity to achieve this right The 1848 convention had challenged America to social revolution that would touch every aspect of life Early womens rights leaders believed suffrage to be the most effective means to change an unjust system Among thousands of womens suffrage quickly became the chief goal of the womens rights movement Leaders of the movement believed that if women had the right to vote they could use it to gain various other rights But the suffragists faced strong opposition The leaders I chose to focus on are Catt Carrie Paul Alice Lucy Stone and Elizabeth Stanton Their contributions to the women suffrage movement were enormous Carrie Catt was a coordinator of the suffrage movement and a skillful political strategist She played a leading role in its successful campaign to win voting rights for women Catt also began to work nationally for the National American Woman Suffrage Association speaking in 1890 at its Washington DC convention In the following months Catts work and her writing and speaking engagements established her reputation as a leading suffragist In 1892 she was asked by Susan B Anthony to address Congress on the proposed suffrage amendment In 1900 she succeeded as a NAWSA president From then on her time was spent primarily in speechmaking planning campaigns organizing women and gaining political experience In 1902 Catt helped organize the International Woman Suffrage Alliance IWSA which eventually incorporated sympathetic associations in thirty-two nations Catt also traveled to many countries promoting equal-suffrage rights In 1916 at a NAWSA convention in Atlantic City New Jersey Catt unveiled her Winning Plan to campaign simultaneously for suffrage on both the state and federal levels and to compromise for partial suffrage in the states resisting change Under
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