Women's Suffrage

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In any democratic society, equality is the basic foundation. The right to vote is one of the basic functions in society that give an equal voice among everyone. Before 1911, California lagged behind in recognizing women’s demands for an active role in public life. The movement for the right to vote for women started in Seneca, New York, which is known as the Women’s Suffrage movement. This movement was a fight for equality, which could be seen as the birth of feminism. Although there were many women who led the fight for equal voice, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were the two primary figures of the movement.
Due to California’s political climate, the movement brought great disappointment and victory for women’s rights. Disappointment turned into resolve and set forth the movement in California. Women created coalitions and started to spread their word from southern to northern California for their voice to be heard by others. The movement in California was comprised of white middle class women, but they didn’t support Asians because they feared white backlash. Soon, the eyes of the nation opened in 1911 when male voters approved women’s right vote making California the largest state to approve of women’s suffrage.
Women’s suffrage in California reached started out on a high note. In 1893, early success came when the women’s suffrage bill won approval in the state legislature but it was vetoed by the governor claiming it was unconstitutional. The suffragists later took the same issue to California voters in 1896, where Populists, Prohibitionists, Republicans, and unions joined the women’s alliance to promote the issue, but it was still defeated by a majority. The Liquor Dealers League and the Democratic Party played a big role in defeating the suffrage (Silver). Not willing to admit defeat, white middle class women’s clubs, unions, church groups,…...

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