Why do you think it took so long for women in the US to get the vote? What type of resistance do you think these women faced from men and politicians? What was their strategy for handling this resistance and for achieving their goal of obtaining the vote? 

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Women did not receive universal suffrage in the United States until 1920. This is despite large efforts to achieve it going back to the mid-19th Century. There was widespread opposition to women's involvement in politics that was deeply ingrained in society. Many men (and even some women) clung to the...

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Women did not receive universal suffrage in the United States until 1920. This is despite large efforts to achieve it going back to the mid-19th Century. There was widespread opposition to women's involvement in politics that was deeply ingrained in society. Many men (and even some women) clung to the belief that giving women the vote would erode the institution of the family. They argued that a woman should only be concerned with domestic matters. Politics was a man's domain, they argued. To them, voting was more of a duty than a right. Women already had enough duties inside the home. All these sentiments held up the expansion of the vote for many decades.

The suffragettes attempted to counter this in several ways. They formed conventions and groups to lobby politicians in the name of their cause. They published pamphlets and other materials making the argument that a constitutional amendment should be passed to extend the franchise to all American adults regardless of gender. They even countered many of the arguments that women should stick to the domestic sphere by saying that women could bring a more maternal and virtuous side to the often turbulent realm of politics.

By the early 20th century, the pro-women's suffrage movement began using more overt tactics. They began heavily lobbying state and local governments. They took to publicity stunts and visible acts of civil disobedience to draw attention to their cause. They made public speeches, organized marches, and engaged in the picketing of public places such as the White House. In short, they refused to be ignored until they received the right to vote.

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