‘Failure Is Impossible’: The Story of the Suffragettes

"No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex."— Susan B. Anthony, 1872 By the late 1800s, women in America and England—tired of being treated as second-class citizens by their societies and governments—were fed up. They began to fight back, particularly in pursuit of women's suffrage. The organized women's rights movement began in the United States in 1848, when the first Women's Right's Convention—led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others—was held in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Many women were excluded from other reform efforts of the day, such as the abolition and temperance movements, and they often were refused seating or ejected from anti-slavery conventions—purely because of gender. Men and women began to work side by side for both abolition and women's rights, and after the Civil War the Equal Rights Association was establis
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