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Women Win the Right to Vote

Women Win the Right to Vote
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     challenging words:    temperance, democracy, disobedience, tactics, social, civil, protest, year, period, canada, public, alcohol, equal, battle, foolish, jail
     content words:    United States, Progressive Era, Seneca Falls Convention, National American Woman Suffrage Association, Susan B., New York City, President Wilson, White House, Alice Paul, World War I.

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Women Win the Right to Vote
By Sharon Fabian

1     The year was 1900. The United States was moving into a time period that would later be named the Progressive Era. It was a time of change and progress.
2     It had been over 50 years since the women at the Seneca Falls Convention had declared that women were entitled to equal rights, but still women did not have the right to vote. Ten years earlier, the NAWSA -- the National American Woman Suffrage Association -- had been formed from a combination of two large women's rights groups. Even though the two groups did not always see eye to eye, they decided that it was important to work together in this important cause of winning the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony, one of the most famous women's rights activists, led the NAWSA.
3     Members of the NAWSA used many different tactics to let the public know that democracy was not yet shared by all Americans. The NAWSA became a powerful and very organized political group. The methods that they used are still used by lobbyists and political activists today. They formed coalitions, targeted particular groups, practiced civil disobedience, marched in parades, and lobbied politicians.
4     The coalitions they formed were mixtures of women's groups that had previously worked for different causes. Temperance groups, which had previously fought against the problems caused by alcohol use, joined with women's social welfare groups and suffragists to work together for the right to vote. In 1914, the National Women's Party was formed from the earlier groups.
5     Suffragists held parades to let more people know what was going on. The first suffrage parade was held in New York City in 1910. Another parade was held in Washington, DC, in 1913, on the day President Wilson was inaugurated.

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