Paper Proposal

2 May


Marcelena Stephens

CHIS 202 10:00

Dr. Underwood

Research Paper Proposal



The rights of women all around the United States have never been believed to be as equal to the rights of men. In many American societies, White-American women struggled to be recognized as individuals rather than being under a man. Certain rights were fought for so that women possessed the power to control their own life. Rights as such as selective marital arrangements and the right to vote are rights that were strongly fought for. Suffrage which is the right to vote is the biggest right fought for during this time period. In the beginning at the time of the Constitution, the U.S. constitution made no statements concerning the right to vote, leaving voting rights up to the states. Suffrage rights were restricted to white males and also limitations were put on voting based on the choice of religion, amount of property owned, and whether the person was current on their taxes. American women did not win their struggle for suffrage rights until around 1920 with ratification of the 19th amendment. Unlike African-American women White-American did not have to continue their fight to circumvent the laws because they had now achieved their goal. Finalizations of suffrage laws took place in 1971 when the 26th amendment took place and lowered voting ages from 21 years of age down to 18 years of age.



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