Explain the history of women's voting rights around the world
Women in the 19th century were seen as sub-sets of their husbands. They were merely a second-class citizen who did not have the right to property ownership, strike agreements, and let alone voting. The role of women during this period was to care for the children, more than that including public speaking was considered inappropriate, and advised not to pursue serious education and thus were so inferior to men and were only seen as objects of beauty.
It is until the 1840's World Anti-Slavery Convention in London and the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 in New York that the women’s suffrage movements were created after the poor treatment received by the women who attended the convention to discuss the civil, religious, and social rights of women. One of the resolutions of the Seneca Falls Convention was the right to vote and the push for gender equality (Ruiz., 2020). This was the centrepiece of the women’s suffrage movement.
The push for the abolition of slavery was at its peak during the civil war with women like Elizabeth Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony taking centre stage. The end saw the Negro accorded the right to vote and for the women, the reconstruction division saw Stanton and her colleagues forming the American Equal Rights Association (AERA) in 1866 to push for women’s rights to vote. 1878 marked the year when the women’s suffrage amendment was introduced to parliament. After years of protest and petitioning, the 19th amendment gave women full rights to vote, and the ratification of the amendment was followed in the year 1920 by President Woodrow Wilson.
The history of women’s voting rights was a series of hard-fought battles of demonstrations and legislations, and the suffrage movements and the persistence of these movements has proven worth in shaping the role of women in today’s society.
Ruiz Ulloa, A. (2020). The origins of the women's rights movement in the United States: the Seneca Falls Convention.