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Suffrage Movement and Mothers

  • By: Veronica I. Arreola
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The suffrage movement, or the fight for women's right to vote, began in the United States in the 1840s. In 1848, the Seneca Falls convention in New York was convened, and in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution granted women the right to vote. The Seneca Falls convention was called by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucrettia Mott, and colleagues. The suffrage movement was built upon the changing view of motherhood and women's role in public life.

Suffrage's Beginnings

The first debate began as an upper-class movement to allow women to retain property they inherited from their fathers after marriage. What appeared to be a logical move was controversial, because many knew that this would be the first step in larger fight for women's rights. Women had ...

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