Women in American History
In1848, women’s movement started in U.S. Elizabeth Candy Stanton called convection in New York to debate civil, social, and religious female rights. She had comprehensive goals for this first-ever women’s convention. In early 20th century, a new generation of activists emerged who referred themselves as suffragists. Alice Paul was one of the young activists.
Both Elizabeth and Alice were activists who fought for the rights of the women. Elizabeth wrote, “Declaration of Sentiment” which had details of the resolutions regarding the privileges, rights, and obligations of women. Through her effort, the American Anti-Slavery Society resolved to form a national convention for official consideration of women’s rights. This resolution discussed issues like educational rights, marriage reform, women’s property rights, and equal wages. When American Civil War abolished National Women’s rights, Elizabeth focused her energy to the obliteration of slavery. She was among the co-founders of American Equal Rights Association (AERA). She was among the founders of National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA) which advocated women right to vote. Alice Paul like Elizabeth formed the congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, which focused its energy for the passage of the amendment that gives women right to vote. Also, Alice worked for the approval of Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
Elizabeth was more patient because she waited for ten years to see if there would be passage of resolutions. Her conventions would discuss issues unrelated to their original aim. When a crowd of attendees passes a resolution, they were only encouraged to go back home and bring applicable issues before their own state legislative bodies. Alice, on the other hand, was an intolerant suffrage with the movement’s inability and inactivity to win the rights for women. She was instrumental in changing the movement’s tactics for...