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Women and Progressivism. How Women got the Right to Vote. A Message for all Women. This is the story of our Grand- mothers and  Great- grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago. Never Forget. It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the

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women and progressivism

Women and Progressivism

How Women got the Right to Vote

a message for all women
A Message for all Women

This is the story

of our Grand-


and  Great-


they lived only

90 years ago.

never forget
Never Forget

It was not until

1920 that women

were granted the

right to go to the

polls and vote.

our heroes
Our Heroes

The women were

innocent and


but they were

jailed nonetheless

for picketing the

White House,

carrying signs asking

for the vote.  

lucy burns
Lucy Burns

They beat Lucy Burns,

chained her hands

to the cell bars above

her head and left

her hanging for the

night, bleeding and

gasping for air.

dora lewis
Dora Lewis

They hurled Dora

Lewis into a dark

cell, smashed her

head against an iron

bed and  knocked

her out cold. Her

cellmate, Alice Cosu,

thought Lewis was

dead and suffered a

heart attack.

By the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of “obstructing sidewalk traffic.”

Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

night of terror nov 15 1917
Night of  Terror Nov. 15, 1917
  • The warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.
  • For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food, all of it colorless slop, was infested with worms.

When and how did this begin?

new rights for women
New Rights for Women
  • New opportunities due to industry and technology
    • Women began to takes jobs outside of the home
      • Telephone operators, store clerks, typists, teaching and nursing.
      • Women were expected to quit their jobs when they married.
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Women and Progressivism
  • Progressivism
    • Reform movements that sought to raise living standards and correct wrongs in American society.
  • Women's role
    • Settlement houses
      • Community centers for immigrants and the poor
    • Jane Addams and Hull House
      • Center for new immigrants
        • Found jobs, offered a kindergarten, nursery, after-school youth clubs, health clinics and citizenship classes
suffrage for women
Suffrage for Women
  • Suffrage – The right to vote
  • Susan B. Anthony
    • President of the American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA)
    • Focused on getting a right to vote for women

“Words can not describe the indignation…a proud woman feels for her sex in being deprived of the right to vote”

  • 19th Amendment
    • Gave the right to vote to all women
    • Ratified in 1920