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Although the women suffrage movement was solidified by a common goal it was split among those who believed in a parallel struggle with those who were less privelege women and those who excluded them Nancy Hewitts From Seneca Falls to Suffrage Annelise Orlecks Common Sense and a Little Fire and the film on Ida B Wells examine the cover stories behind the womens suffrage movement that complicates the traditional narrative of the1920s era As women struggled to gain rights they argued that in order to become fully independent they needed to vote on the laws that concerned them However in reality African American immigrant and working-class women were excluded from political organizations that addressed the issue of the womens suffrage movement Thus the most important lesson we learn from the history of womens struggle for full citizenship is that although womens suffrage was a nationwide advancement less privileged women were increasingly marginalizedCady Stanton who supported anti-immigrant suffrage and lived by the notion that wealthy American women needed to use the vote to take care of the little daughters of the poor Orleck 94 Harriot Blatch one the other hand thought differently she believed that poor women should have a voice in order to improve their living and working conditions The creation of distance from certain less-privileged women officially shifted the womens suffrage movement into a bourgeois issueFor instancecertain groups of immigrants such as Cuban and Italian immigrants and many poor whites were barred from the polls by intentional laws that used literacy tests to discriminate against racial minorities Such conflicts are demonstrated by the experiences of Asian and Mexican American women who would be denied voting rights until the US addressed their bilingual needs by translating ballots in their native languageSimilarly differences in why high class women wanted to obtain the vote was different of that of the marginalized group Orleck describes how working class women wanted to use the vote to redistribute wealth throughout
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