woman suffrage. Article #44 Vol 12, pg 733.
It’s always a bit amazing how long it takes to convince society to grant a basic human right that was previously being withheld. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony began working together in 1852 to fight for woman suffrage, which is simply the right for adult women to vote in local and national elections.
The fight for woman suffrage in the United States took 68 years. It was only after World War I, when women in a variety of jobs proved that they could do nearly everything that men could do, did the nation decide that maybe women could be trusted with electing public officials.
Most surprising are the arguments of the anti-suffrage movement. They argued that in states where women were in the majority, the state would be placed under “petticoat” rule. As you might imagine, that scared the crap out of the manly men of the late 19th century.
“woman suffrage.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 15th ed. 2010. Vol 12, pgs 733-734.