Throughout the history of the world women have often been subjected to fewer rights and to a lower social class than that of men. In most societies the traditional role of the woman was the role of wife, mother, and caretaker. Women endured this type of prejudiced behavior since the dawn of time until the first women’s movements began to develop during the 1800’s in the United States and Europe. These women’s movements are often referred to as feminist movements or feminism. The development of feminism in the 1800’s was a very crucial part of history because women began the long road of gaining women’s rights with the Seneca Falls Convention, the founding of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and the first National Women’s
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NAWSA was initially headed by past executives of the two merged groups, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Susan B. Anthony (Britannica). The National American Woman Suffrage Association was the most prevalent and significant suffrage organization in the United States of America. This association was such a crucial part of the development of women’s rights because the women and men in it endured the backbreaking work of helping to pass women suffrage on both state and local levels. Not only did this inspirational association of ladies and gentlemen aid in securing the right for women to vote on local and state levels, the National American Woman Suffrage Association also battled for a constitutional amendment warranting women’s right to vote. The NAWSA played a very crucial part in the development of feminism due to the fact the association contributed so much to the rights of women. Without the hardworking women and men of NAWSA there is no telling how long women would have had to fight to receive a right as simple as voting.
Events and associations played a very significant role in the development of feminism in the nineteenth century, but the most important part of the development of feminism were not the events and associations but people. The people that planned the events and formed the associations are the reason that women have the rights that they have at today’s day and age.