Why were women given the right to vote?

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In the United States, women got the right to vote largely because the Progressives felt that women's votes would be beneficial to their movement.  The Progressives were trying to reform society to make everyone conform to middle class ways.  They wanted, for example, to impose Prohibition on the country.  They...

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In the United States, women got the right to vote largely because the Progressives felt that women's votes would be beneficial to their movement.  The Progressives were trying to reform society to make everyone conform to middle class ways.  They wanted, for example, to impose Prohibition on the country.  They wanted to try to make sure that workers in factories would have better working conditions.  They believed that women would support these sorts of ideas and would therefore be likely to vote for progressive candidates.  Because of this, they pushed for women to be given the right to vote.

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