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With the progress of society, people have a higher awareness of civic rights. Women suffrage was also draw a extensive concern for citizens. Women’s suffrage, or the crusade to achieve the equal right for women to vote and run for political office, was a difficult fight that took activists in the United States almost 100 years to win. Women in the United States made the fight for suffrage their most fundamental demand because they saw it as the defining feature of full citizenship. Woman’s suffrage movement asserted that women should enjoy individual rights of self-government, rather than relying on indirect civic participation as the mothers, sisters, or daughters of male voters. However, most men and even some women believed that women were not suited by circumstance or temperament for the vote.
Because women by nature were believed to be dependent on men and subordinate to them, many thought women could not be trusted to exercise the independence of thought necessary for choosing political leaders responsibly. Others feared that entry of women into political life challenged the assignment of women to the home and might lead to disruption of the family. For all of these reasons, women’s enfranchisement did not come easily. American women have toiled long and hard for many decades to secure a voice in the United States Government; and through much effort, women and women’s groups have worked to gain freedom in the same areas as men. It was not until 1920 that women finally won the constitutional right to vote.
Women every day are getting persecuted for rights we have taken for granted. Gender equality should be practiced around the world because women are also humans and should have equal rights as men. Women should also have the capability to provide for their family and women are naturally more talented than men in certain occupation. It is a fact that their work is not appreciated as must as men’s, although they have to sacrifice a lot for their family and career.Women should be treated equal just like men. Men are neither perfect nor better and should not be trusted with all the important positions and jobs. Women should be given the opportunity to participate in politics and to provide for their family. History tells us that in ancient times women used to possess massive power and several had impenetrable courage under difficult circumstances.
Many women have ruled over vast empires successfully and effectively. Queen Elizabeth for example had led England to defeating the Spanish Armada in 1588. (Briscoe, Alexandra) Queen Hatshepsut, female pharaoh of Egypt, had managed to maintain peace and reestablish the trade networks. (Glueck, Grace) People must recognize that women will never gain freedom until they are respected as humans. Women should be entitled to equal rights just like men. Many religions, cultures and even countries deny the fact that women are equal. But many of the religions, cultures and countries are also against democracy and most importantly human rights. Women need full human status in their own countries. There are documents that support women rights such as the Constitution of the United States and even the Bible.
Women compose one-half of the human race and made up a quarter of the American workforce by the early 20th century, but they were traditionally paid far less than men, even in cases where they performed the same job and pay taxes. And that the smaller wage and harder conditions imposed on the woman worker are due to the lack of the ballot. It is fair and right that those who must obey the laws should have a voice in making them, and that those who must pay taxes should have a vote as to the size of the tax and the way it shall be spent. In some states, female workers were also forced to contend with laws that restricted their working hours or prohibited them from working at night. But in the other states, like Orlando, Wyoming and Colorado, granting voting rights to women at the year before the 19th Amendment was ratified, and the good change was appear in the place, it leads to fair treatment of women in the public service. For instance, in Massachusetts the average pay of a female teacher is about one-third that of a male teacher, and in almost all the States it is unequal. On the contrary, in Wyoming and Utah, the law provides that they shall receive equal pay for usual work. (Revised Statutes of Wyoming, Section 014; Revised Statutes of Utah, Section 1853). This is the foundation for equality in an American democracy because it grants power, access and stability. Equal pay for equal work is the first great reason justifying this change of governmental policy. Women are the equals of men in intelligence, and no man has the hardihood to assert the contrary.
Women are better informed about how to instruct children, properly feed and clothe the household, care for the sick or make a house beautiful. If women have suffrage, the laws unjust to women and children would be amended more quickly. The women in Massachusetts cost 55 years of effort to secure the law making mothers equal guardians of their children with the fathers. And in Colorado, after women got suffrage, the very next Legislature granted it. Also, legislation for the protection of children would be secured more easily. Judge Lindsey, of the Denver Juvenile Court, writes in Progress for July, 1904: “We have in Colorado the most advanced laws of any state in the Union for the care and protection of the home and the children. These laws in my opinion, would not exist at this time if it were not for the powerful influence of woman suffrage.”
In conclusion, sex difference should not be taken into account in elections, men and women should enjoy equal right to vote.