His 204: American History Since 1865 Essay

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American Woman
Brenda R. Dople
HIS 204: American History Since 1865
Timothy Smith
October 7, 2012

As a woman myself, it is hard to imagine a time when I would not have been allowed to attend college, let alone be writing this paper. As children most of us heard stories from our grandparent’s about what life was like they were young. I can remember laughing at the thought of “walking up hill both ways” to get to school. With the liberties American Women have today, it is easy to take for granted everything the women before us fought so hard for. It is easy to forget the treatment they suffered in their struggle to bring us to today. In this paper we will examine the lives, struggles, and small victories of women that have led us to
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No Masters!” to its readership” (Spooner, 2005). “The debate over birth control and abortion was ongoing; however, what needed immediate resolution in the minds of many was that it was not enough to have the power to change one's own appearance or to explore sexuality. Women needed the right to vote” (Bowles, 2005).
In 1900 Carrie Chapman Catt succeeded the 80-year-old activist Susan B. Anthony and became president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). “The idea was to focus on winning the right to vote by promoting education of the issue at the state level. This way she could tailor her message more directly to the people” (Bowles, 2011). Catt’s strategy proved successful as by 1914 ten western states allowed women to vote in state elections. In 1904 Catt stepped down as president of the NAWSA to take care of her sick husband and after his death in 1905 she worked on women’s rights in the international arena. “Under other leadership, the national organization, NAWSA, became divided, sorely in need of Catt's energy and direction” (Carrie, 2001). In 1915 Catt came back as president of the NAWSA and this is where she clashed with Alice Paul. Paul had a “more militant strategy, which was quite different from the more controlled and

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