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Womens Suffrage 19th amendment

Just wanted to know what combination of factors in the early 20th century lead to the amendement of the the right to women to vote and which factors is the most critical?

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The women's suffrage movement lasted at least 70 years, from the first formal women's convention in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, to the passage of the 19th amendment.
Changing social conditions for women during the early 1800's, combined with the idea of equality, led to the birth of the woman suffrage movement. For example, women started to receive more education and to take part in reform movements, which involved them in politics. As a result, women started to ask why they were not also allowed to vote.
One of the first public appeals for woman suffrage came in 1848. Two reformers, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, called a women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., where Stanton lived. The men and women at the convention adopted a Declaration of Sentiments that called for women to have equal rights in education, property, voting, and other matters. The declaration, which used the Declaration of Independence as a model, said, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal. ..."
The Woman Suffrage movement, begun in 1848, weakened during and after the Civil War. For practical political reasons, the issue of black suffrage collided with woman suffrage, and tactical differences divided the leadership.
The drive for woman suffrage gained strength after the passage of the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave the vote to black men but not to any women. The 15th Amendment was opposed because for the first time citizens were explicitly defined as male.
In 1869, suffragists formed two national organizations to work for the right to vote. One was the National Woman ...

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