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Suffrage Movement

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Susan B. Anthony
Lucy Stone
Lucretia Mott


Definition: Movement to grant American women the right to vote, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, and others. They were instrumental in bringing together men and women for a national convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. The result was a sort of "improved" Declaration of Independence, which included the phrase "all men and women are created equal." Many men thought women weren't smart enough to vote. The campaign for the vote went on for another 70 years before the Nineteenth Amendment finally granted women the vote (in 1919).

Related Resources:
Voting Booth: Women Haven't Always Been Equal
Trace the development of the suffrage movement in this illustrated article from your Guide.

The 19th Century
Get a glimpse of what life was like in the exciting 1800s.

Elsewhere on the Web:
History Channel: Woman's Suffrage
This excellent site has everything you need to get a thorough understanding of the suffrage movement.

History of Woman's Suffrage in the U.S.
This timeline matches dates and events and gives you a good overview of the struggle for suffrage.

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