Women 's Suffrage Movement And The Passage Of The 19th Amendment

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The 19th amendment was passed in 1919 nearly a hundred years since the start of the fight of women 's equality. The amendment states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” (1919, Our Documents) Giving women the right to vote, a huge leap forward in the fight for women’s right and equality. The women’s suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th amendment would ultimately lead to greater equality amongst men and women, lead to the avocation for further social reform, change the way both women and society viewed themselves, and ultimately pave the road for future women’s right activist and women’s equality.
The Second Great Awaking in the 19th century pushed the women’s movement forward as it produced new and changing views of women. The creation of the Cult of Domesticity brought to light some of these new views and ideas of women. The Cult of Domesticity was a value system most often used among the upper and middle classes. The system emphasized new feminist ideas of women and the roles which they played within the home and their families. Women who were apart of the cult were supposed to possess four virtues: piety, purity, domesticity, and submissiveness. Each gave women more rights within their families and household, piety stated that women were the holders of morality in their families while purity allowed them to limit the amount of sex they had when married. The…

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