Not all people had been given a chance to be citizens of the United States, and not all citizens have always been given the right to vote. All throughout the history of our country people have not been granted the right to vote because of their race, age, sex, and how much money they made. The lack of suffrage resulted in many attempts at political reform. Even though these reforms were met with great resistance, the Women’s Suffrage movement would gain many accomplishments over a lengthy period of time.
When written and adopted the United States Constitution gave each and every state the power to give voting rights to whoever they wanted to. Most states gave those rights to the owners of land or those who owned huge taxable property. With the economic status of most citizens at that time those restrictions only meant that women and people of color were not given the right to vote and only a few of the adult white males were eligible.
Dedicated abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were convinced that women would not get the rights that they wanted until they had voting power. “ The radical wing led by Stanton and Anthony opposed the Fifteenth Amendment arguing that ratification would establish an aristocracy of sex enfranchising all men while leaving women without political power. They argued for a Sixteenth Amendment that would secure the vote for Women” (Faragher 469). Other activists were adamant against this because they wanted to protect the rights that they were getting from the fifteenth amendment. “Lucy Stone and Frederick Douglass asserted that this hour belongs to the Negro they feared that a debate over Women’s suffrage would jeopardize the passing of the two amendments” (Faragher 469).
Because of conflicts between some women the suffrage movement moved forward with two associations that were going to battle each other. The two associations were: The Moderate American Women Suffrage Association (AWSA) and the National...