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Women as Citizens
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
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     challenging words:    civics, democracy, convention, equality, citizenship, participate, running, jury, representative, public, jobs, equal, political, history, member, government
     content words:    Seneca Falls, New York, United States, East Coast, This Amendment, Jeanette Rankin, US House, Hattie Carraway, Geraldine Ferraro, Eleanor Roosevelt


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Women as Citizens
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     In civics class, you learn about citizenship. You learn about voting, running for office, and doing jury duty. These are rights and duties that come with living in a democracy. Even so, for a large part of our country's history, certain groups of people were not allowed these rights.
 
2     Many of our country's presidents were not elected by all citizens who wanted to vote; they were elected only by the men who wanted to vote since women were not allowed to vote. Women could not become president, senator, or representative, because they were not allowed to run for public office. Women were often excluded from jury duty too.
 
3     In 1848, a group of women began working for equal rights for women. They held a convention in Seneca Falls, New York. At this convention, they wrote a declaration modeled after our country's Declaration of Independence. This declaration stated that "all men and women are created equal." It called for many changes needed for equality between men and women. One very important change was the right to vote.

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