The Fight For Women 's Voting Rights Essay

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In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the fight for women’s voting rights was well in motion. Emmeline Pankhurst’s “Why We Are Militant” and Almorth Wright’s The Unexpurgated Case Against Woman Suffrage offered insights into the fight for and against justices while imploring opposing viewpoints on the matter. Pankhurst led women in demonstrations, passive resistance, and hunger strikes in Great Britain. “Why We Are Militant” was a speech she delivered in the United States as an appeal (Perry 218). On the other hand, Wright was a successful physician that opposed women’s rights; he thought that women had disabilities that would make suffrage impossible, and believed that women’s suffrage was a recipe for social disaster (Perry 222). The basis of Pankhurst’s speech was the inequality between men and women. She expressed this in saying, “We have been so accustomed, we women, to accept one standard for men and another standard for women, that we have even applied that variation of standard to the injury of our political welfare” (Perry 218). She introduced the idea that women needed to be violent in order to achieve equality or to have political freedoms. She expressed that after years of trying to gain suffrage peacefully, their only option was to be militant, thus the title of her speech, “Why We are Militant”. (Perry 219). Their militant tendencies were justified because of the years of intolerance they were suspected to. This was a progressive idea because women…

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