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The womens struggle for equal rights has existed throughout American history For thousands of years women had been denied of their rights and always been thought of as having a second-class role in society Women were powerless and considered the property of men Women were only expected to fulfill certain roles in life They have been given the role of being the weak submissive and a house-wife that was meant to stay home and care for the children She was not expected to work outside the home The women of the mid 1800s realized that it was time for a change and so began the womens right movement It was the mid 1800s and the women started to take a step Women began fighting for equal opportunities just as men On July 1848 three hundred people came together at Seneca Falls New York to discuss and resolve the inequities that had place women as second-class At this meeting Elizabeth Cady Stanton one of the women who organized the convention and was also known as Mother of the Suffrage Movement presented a speech She listed the areas in which women should have equality and surprised everyone by including the right to vote She had used a piece from the Declaration of Independence as her model We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal This meeting was the start of a fight that would drag on for years Women thought that the first step to gaining equality was being able to vote The fight for the right to vote began in 1840 This was not an easy goal to accomplish Along with other rights they wanted they had to fight their way through state legislatures and congressional obstacles Men argued that women were too sensitive and emotional and therefore would not be able to reach fair political decisions Almost a century later August 1920 the womens right to vote
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