Women’s suffrage, it is one of the significant achievements that has been made in American history. After nearly three-quarters of a century, enfranchisement finally passed the Congress, adding the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It goes without saying that enormous amount of efforts and sacrifices came along with this historical accomplishment. Women used tactics, strategies, and events in order to win the right to vote.
With the growth of the suffrage movement, more and more women from diverse classes advocated enfranchisement. These women ranged from working-class trade unionists and middle-class reformers to women from the very highest class and young college-educated women. The involvement from the highest class was critical, such as Alva Belmont, who was one of the richests, funding offices and aiding the publication of newspapers. The more and more large number of women united and participated in the movement, the more pressure it put on a move to women’s voting right.
To make the movement efficiently and effectively work, women’s organizations were indispensable. A lot of organizations were established during this time, including the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and National Women’s Party (NWP). Alice Paul, once chair of NAWSA as well as the leader of NWP, was one of the very essential figures in leading the suffrage movement to the final triumph. Nothing could destroy or change her strong determination and dedication toward women’s right to vote, and she was willing to do and did whatever it takes to accomplish what she called “ordinary equality”.
Lastly and most importantly, a series of protests and parades, in other words, women’s public appearances, made a significant impact on winning the women’s right to vote. The most prominent suffrage parade was held in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 1913, which put the women’s suffrage movement on the front page news across the United States. This parade made an enormous change, leading to the suffrage debate in the House of Representatives for the first time in 17 years.