The Long Arduous Battle For Women's Suffrage

November 11, 2021

The women's suffrage movement did not all happen at once, New York 1912 (getty)

Today, the right to vote might seem routine but the women’s suffrage movement fought for nearly 100 years to finally earn that right. Dating all the way back to the mid 19th century, women fought against men’s idea of “True Womanhood.” Back then, men felt women should be submissive, exclusively concerned with the matter of home and family. Women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Ida B. Wells fought tooth and nail for inalienable rights for decades, enduring prison time and other indignations.

Over the course of 100 years, the Civil War, two World Wars, and other events threatened to derail the women’s suffrage movement. At multiple points differing opinions splintered the movement, creating warring factions. Here’s the long road women fought for equality.

The battle for women's voting rights took many turns.

Seneca Falls Convention

While the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 marked the first time women met en masse to discuss attaining equal voting rights, women’s role in changing the country began much earlier. In fact, most women found their way into the suffrage movement through their work in abolitionist groups like the American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS).