In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many European women were still struggling for basic rights such as choosing who they married, obtaining full citizenship and having the right to vote. Because so many women were fighting for the same thing, many formed groups or alliances that were designed to fight against the male-driven political parties that wanted to deny them their rights. As the “woman question” became a bigger deal in politics and society, people began to form stronger opinions about whether or not they thought women should be allowed to vote. The eighteenth century in Europe began a revolution on the topic of women’s suffrage. An overwhelming amount of feminist groups argued for women’s suffrage and fought against
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People also believed that allowing women to vote would be the political step that could help to tear down social barriers as well. Women’s suffrage would lessen or eliminate male superiority and therefore lessen the limits that were put on women’s educative and professional opportunities (Document 10). People fought for women’s suffrage because they believed it could open new doors politically as well as allow women to grow and contribute socially and economically to society as well.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were many groups and organizations that fought for the right for women’s’ suffrage, however there were just as many who also fought against them. Many men that were already involved in the government were opposed to women’s suffrage because they feared that it would lessen their power and diminish the importance of their vote. They also believed that, since women weren’t actively involved in the political process, they were receiving new and updates from second hand sources. These sources could then influence the woman’s decision and would cause women’s suffrage to be an unfair advantage for a certain political party (Document 3). Many people also argued that their home and family was their “domestic sanctuary” and without the stability of a non-political woman in the house, war could break out.