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Suffrage parade, New York City, May 6, 1912

[Detail] Youngest parader in New York City suffragist parade

Analysis of the Woman's Suffrage Movement

On January 3, 1870, Territorial Governor General Edward McCook, in his message to the Legislature, recommended an extension of the franchise to women, in the following language: "Our higher civilization has recognized woman's equality with man in all other respects save one-suffrage. It has been said that no great reform was ever made without passing through three states-ridicule, argument and adoption." The History of Equal Suffrage in Colorado, 1868-1898, by Joseph G. Brown

Explanation/examples of terms:

  • Reforms Demanded - What did women want? (e.g., laws, opportunities, changes in societal attitudes)
  • Arguments and Strategies - What methods did women use to attain the reforms demanded? (e.g., speeches, demonstrations, civil disobedience, marches, sermons, published materials)
  • Societal Diversions - What events in the time period impeded the suffrage movement? (Check Suffrage Timeline)
  • Increased Opportunities - List the new vocations and opportunities available to them. (Check Suffrage Timeline)
Reforms Demanded Arguments and Strategies

Societal Diversions Increased Opportunities