“It is to the progress, to the preponderance of domestic manners that women owe their happiness and influence in modern society. It is to the domestic family circle, to our houses that we owe our civilization” (Willcox, 135). Women have a tremendous influence in today’s society and yes, we can thank progress for that. It was a long journey coming and is still continuing today. Women did all this while they also played a major role in getting the civilization we know and love today.
Women’s suffrage was the most successful reform. As I previously said, this was not a short journey and we can still see a glimpse of it growing today in our fight for women’s rights. Not only this, but it has completely altered our world as we know it.
In 1867 we began to see petitions advocating for women’s suffrage in Michigan (Rubenstien 117). Unfortunately, this was defeated but that did not stop the fight. Again in 1874 a women’s suffrage amendment was placed on the ballot, but ultimately shot down. A large part of this attempt being unsuccessful can be credited to Irish and German voters in fear of prohibition (Rubenstien, 118). Several other attempts were made but it was not until 1920 that the nineteenth amendment was ratified to give women an equal right to vote.
Women’s suffrage was one of the most successful reforms in history and is still extremely prevalent today. While we may not be fighting for the enfranchisement of women there are still many other rights that women continue to fight for.
Pictured above is a photo of Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, two major suffrage leaders. (https://www.google.com/search?q=cady+stanton+and+susan+b+anthony&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjPvbrR_bbeAhXn5YMKHfFgBP4Q_AUIFCgC&biw=1444&bih=645#imgrc=VY_KUkT_6D0yHM:)