Women 's Suffrage During World War I Essay

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Many women fought tirelessly to gain equal rights with men and continued to do so today. In 1893, New Zealand was the world’s first country to grant women the right to vote. Only after World War I did other countries grant women’s suffrage. In 1918 in Britain, women over the age of thirty won the right to vote. In 1920, the United States granted women, both white and black, over the age of twenty-one the right to vote. Along with that, women also gained the rights and responsibilities of citizenship that men had through the 19th Amendment in the U.S constitution. In 1928, suffrage was extended to women in the United Kingdom over the age of twenty-one. In the 1940s, in France, Belgium, and Italy, women were granted full voting rights, and in 1971, Swiss women were granted full participation in voting. For a long time, American women wanted to be treated as equals with their male counterparts. Determined to make this happen, they formed organizations like the National American Woman Suffrage Association also known as “NAWSA” for short. NAWSA’s goal was to push for the ratification of enough state suffrage amendments so that it would be enough for Congress to be able to approve a federal amendment to grant women equal rights nationwide. The women’s fight for equality was later known as the “first wave of feminism”. The “second wave of feminism” which took place in the early 1960s to the late 1980s, was when “women strived to reach a further sense of equality with…

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