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In 1995 the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary The Nineteenth Amendment passed in 1920 gave women the right to vote The struggle for suffrage in America took many years It began in the 1800s with leaders such as Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Martha Thomas Carrie Chapman Clark and Stantons daughter Harriot E Blatch carried it into the 1900s The struggle officially started in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in New York The struggled began brewing way before that in 1783 when the America gained independence from Britain The Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal there is no mention of women It also says that all people have a right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness This is exactly what the women of the 1800s wanted and the right to vote This essays topic is What Price Freedom and my essay will deal with the struggle and the price paid by women for equal rights and the right to vote during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries The view of the nineteenth century society was for women to stay at home clean raise children and help with the family farm America had its freedom but the women of America didnt Male domination kept women at home In the 1800s men were in power in their homes workplace and everywhere else This was the philosophy of the day and it also included a philosophy about women First women were possessions of their husbands and therefore must agree with everything they say Second it was believed that women were stupid therefore incapable of voting Also women were not allowed as much education as men were The colleges only accepted men Since women could not receive as much schooling as men could their say was unimportant Finally it was believed that men were superior to women mentally and physically These beliefs of society were difficult to reverse
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