The fight for the right to vote in the United States
This month marks the centennial of women's right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. When the U.S. Constitution was written, it completely excluded women from most of the rights and privileges of being an American citizen. Free women operated in limited and rigid roles, while enslaved women were excluded from all. Yet women have actively participated as citizens—organizing, marching, petitioning—since our country's founding. Sometimes under the radar and sometimes flying in our politicians' faces, women's roles have been redefined. Women's progress is evident with the record number of women running for President of the United States. Kamala Harris is the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party, only the fourth woman in U.S. history to be chosen for a presidential ticket.
We will examine primary source documents related to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to understand why the women's rights movement was necessary to gain future rights for women. Furthermore, students will learn about the objectives and impact of the Seneca Falls Convention. They will expand on this by analyzing the Declaration of Sentiments as a primary document. As a class, we will take a virtual tour of Seneca Falls, NY. Refresh your memory about the women's suffrage timeline by visiting the link below.
Watch the video provided by C-Span to get an understanding how difficult it was, and is, to amend the Constitution. This is key to deepen your appreciation for the role the women's movement played in the 19th Amendment.