Suffragists, this vote’s for you!

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The Topic:
Women’s Suffrage Movement

Easier – Women’s suffrage is the right of women to vote. The women’s suffrage movement was the struggle to gain the same right to vote as men.
 
Harder – With a few exceptions, women today have the same voting rights as men. However, this was not always the case. During US colonial times, voting was limited to adult males who owned property. Many people thought that property owners had the strongest interest in good government; therefore, they were the best qualified to make decisions.
 
In the early nineteenth century, changing social conditions and the idea of equality led to the beginning of the woman suffrage movement. By then, more women were receiving education. Women also began to participate in reform movements and take increased interest in politics. Women and men began to question why women were not also allowed to vote. Supporters of this drive were called suffragists.
Or you may remember this from Mary Poppins:
Premiere: 1964Mrs. Banks:We’re clearly soldiers in petticoatsAnd dauntless crusaders for woman’s votes

Though we adore men individually

We agree that as a group they’re rather stupid!

Cast off the shackles of yesterday!

Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!

Our daughters’ daughters will adore us

And they’ll sign in grateful chorus

‘Well done, Sister Suffragette!’

From Kensington to Billingsgate

One hears the restless cries!

From ev’ry corner of the land:

‘Womankind, arise!’

Political equality and equal rights with men!

Take heart! For Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!

No more the meek and mild subservients we!

We’re fighting for our rights, militantly!

Never you fear!

So, cast off the shackles of yesterday!

Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!

Our daughters’ daughters will adore us

And they’ll sign in grateful chorus

‘Well done! Well done!

Well done Sister Suffragette!’

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