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Suffering for Suffrage 1848-1919. A brief outline of the struggle for the right to vote . By Scott Marsden with help from Nancy Case. Introduction Activities. Students in pairs Journal: Who are the important women in your life? What do they do that makes them important?

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suffering for suffrage 1848 1919

Suffering for Suffrage1848-1919

A brief outline of the struggle for the right to vote

By Scott Marsden with help from Nancy Case

introduction activities
Introduction Activities
  • Students in pairs
  • Journal: Who are the important women in your life? What do they do that makes them important?
  • Report out to one another and then share answers and write on board.
  • Describe a time when women were treated unfairly in our society. Who can give me examples?
  • Write on board—students copy examples in notebook.
transition to through activity
Transition to Through Activity
  • Personal example: my mom and high school counselor
  • Solicit reactions to mom’s story
  • While passing out materials (level-like study guides) say, “Now we are going to take a look at how women fought for equality in our country.”
suffrage vocabulary












Suffrage Vocabulary
sheltering strategies
Sheltering Strategies
  • L1 and L2: give an outline of presentation with almost all text. Some words left blank. Cloze activity—fill in blanks with some words. Draw/sketch pictures.
  • L3 and L4: Take notes.
  • All ELL/mainstream students: Write captions to pictures.
women s rights convention seneca falls 1848
Women’s Rights Convention Seneca Falls -1848
  • Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott
  • Sought better divorce laws, education, property rights
  • Split over women voting-considered too radical
  • “Declaration of Rights and Sentiments” modeled on Declaration of Independence

Lucretia Mott

(Library of Congress)

division in women s movement over 14 th and 15 th amendments
Division in Women’s Movement over 14th and 15th Amendments
  • Split between abolitionists and suffrage advocates over 14th and 15th Amendments
  • 14th Amendment (1868) - Citizen defined as male, not female.
  • 15th Amendment (1870) - Gave vote to African-American men, but not to women.
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony thought that women should take priority over former slaves
elizabeth cady stanton and susan b anthony vs frederick douglass
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony vs. Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

(Maryland State Archives)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

And Susan B. Anthony

(Library of Congress)

rival groups formed
Rival Groups Formed
  • 1869 - American Women’s Suffrage Association founded by Lucy Stone
  • AWSA more conservative - supported 14th and 15th Amendments
  • National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) founded by Anthony and Stanton
  • NWSA more radical - wanted universal suffrage (16th Amendment)

Lucy Stone

(Library of Congress)

Why did Anthony and Stanton not want to give the vote to African-American males? Were they justified?

Susan B. Anthony

(Library of Congress)

1872 the great vote in
1872 – The Great Vote-In
  • 1872 - Great Vote-In (Anthony, Sojourner Truth, others) tried to vote in Presidential Election.
  • Sojourner Truth was turned away.
  • Arrest and trial of Susan B. Anthony
  • “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God” -Anthony

Sojourner Truth

Library of Congress

national association of colored women nacw formed in 1896
National Association of Colored WomenNACW Formed In 1896
  • Mary Church Terrell
  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Margaret Murry Washington
  • Fanny Jackson Coppin
  • Charlotte Forten Grimke

Ida B. Wells

(Library of Congress)

Mary Church Terrell

(Library of Congress)

apotheosis of suffrage 1896
“Apotheosis of Suffrage” - 1896
  • Apotheosis = making into a god
  • Why is George Washington wearing a skirt?
  • What point is the artist making about the suffrage movement?

George Yost Coffin (Library of Congress)

alice paul
Alice Paul
  • Employed radical tactics she learned from Emmeline Pankhurst in Britain
  • Hunger strikes, picketing, chaining themselves to buildings
  • Organized 6-days a week demonstrations in front of White House in 1917, leading to arrests
  • Hundreds arrested and thrown in prison
  • “Iron-Jawed Angels” force-fed in prison

(Library of Congress)

mr president how long must women wait for liberty 1917 library of congress
“Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?” (1917)Library of Congress

Pretend you are one of these women.

Write a quick journal entry about how you feel.

19 th amendment and beyond
19th Amendment and Beyond
  • 1918 - “Anthony Amendment” adopted in House
  • 1919 - Amendment passed Senate
  • August 21, 1920 - Ratification completed
  • 1923 - Alice Paul and the Women’s Party introduced Equal Rights Amendment
  • 1972 - ERA passes Congress
  • 1982 - ERA fails to gain approval of 2/3 vote of states.
beyond activities
Beyond Activities
  • Go home and ask an older female relative, “Do you think women are treated equally with men?”
  • Ask her to give an example or tell a story of an time when she was treated unfairly
  • What do you think are women’s roles in society today?