One Hundred Years toward Suffrage: An Overview Compiled by E. Susan Barber Abigail Adams writes to her husband, John, who is attending the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, asking that he and the other men--who were at work on the Declaration of Independence--"Remember the Ladies.
Reprinted with permission from the Tar Heel Junior Historian. Significant changes for women took place in politics, the home, the workplace, and in education.
Some were the results of laws passed, many resulted from newly developed technologies, and all had to do with changing attitudes toward the place of women in society. The most far-reaching change was political.
Many women believed that it was their right and duty to take a serious part in politics. They recognized, too, that political decisions affected their daily lives.
When passed inthe Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote. More emphasis began to be put on social improvement, such as protective laws for child labor and prison reform. Women active in politics in still had little power, but they had begun the journey to actual political equality.
The University of North Carolina opened housing to female graduate students inbut they were not made welcome. But times were changing, and each year more women earned college degrees. At the beginning of the decade, most North Carolina women lived in rural areas without electricity.
Imagine trying to keep food fresh without a refrigerator, ironing no drip-dry clothing then with an iron that had to be reheated constantly, cooking on a woodstove, going to an outside well for water, and always visiting an outhouse instead of a bathroom.
Rural electrification did not reach many North Carolina homes until the s. Urban women found that electricity and plumbing made housework different, and often easier, with electrically run vacuum cleaners, irons, and washing machines.
Electricity meant that people could stay up later at night, because electric lights were more efficient than kerosene lamps and candles. Indoor plumbing brought water inside and introduced a new room to clean—the bathroom.
In the United States in the s, only about 15 percent of white and 30 percent of black married women with wage-earning husbands held paying jobs. Most Americans believed that women should not work outside the home if their husbands held jobs.
As a result of this attitude, wives seldom worked at outside jobs. However, some married women in desperate need took jobs in textile mills. By North Carolina was a leading manufacturing state, and the mills were hiring female floor workers.
Cotton mills also employed a few nurses, teachers, and social workers to staff social and educational programs. These mills did not hire black women, however, because of segregation. As a consequence, white millworkers often hired black women as domestic and child-care workers.
Fewer jobs were available in tobacco factories because most of their s machinery was automated.Jan 25, · But on August 26, , the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first .
In , the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women's rights convention, passed a resolution in favor of women's suffrage despite opposition from some of its organizers, who . Women's Suffrage The campaign for a woman’s right to vote in the United States took nearly one hundred years and a lot of hard work by dedicated activists known as suffragists.
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Background Beginning in the midth century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change in the Constitution. The Women’s Rights Movement, – Meet the Women Members of the 65th–73rd Congresses (–) Education Resources onWomen in Congress The beginning of the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States, which predates Jeannette Rankin’s entry into Congress by nearly 70 years, grew out of a larger women’s rights movement.
The World's First Woman's Rights Convention. American women's crusade for equal suffrage began in July at Seneca Falls, New York. At Seneca Falls, women and 40 men signed the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, and formed the National Woman Suffrage Association.