Women’s Right to Vote

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Emmeline Pankhurst, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Jeannette Rankin were just few of the women who led the Suffragist movement.  The leaders of the Suffragists used World War I to their advantage to argue their cause.  How could President Wilson send troops to fight for democracy in other lands when the women of the USA were denied the right to vote in their own country?  President Wilson appeared to support the Suffragist on several occasions, but he was not always proactive in assisting the Suffragists.  That is, not until he addressed Congress on their behalf and on the behalf of the war effort.

World War I divided the Suffragists cause because many women went to work to fill the jobs of the men who had been drafted; however, the women used this effort to show that they deserved the right to vote. Not long after the war ended November 11, 1918, the Senate voted and the vote was in the Suffragists favor.  The 19th Amendment was passed August 9, 1920.  Women legally had been given the right to vote.  November of 1920 would go down in history as the first time women voted in a U.S. presidential election.

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