Professor Kuhlman and Professor Woodworth-Ney are both educators and historians who have spent a lot of time in their studies researching women’s suffrage. Woodworth-Ney analyzed the role of women in the United States, particularly in the West. Her research has shown that women had a larger more important role in the early 20th century. She also explains much about the education of women during this time. Many were educated and had valid points on the political structure of the country. On the other hand, Kuhlman discusses the role of women as peace keepers in the United States. Their abilities to step in and become a viable part of the economy assuredly earned them their suffrage. Both professors agree that this took much longer than it should have and that gender opposition was massive during this time period, but the persevering and strong nature of early 20th century women eventually were victorious over a previously male dominated area, voting.
Another argument presented by the authors is that of military service. Although women were not allowed to serve in battle during war time, they were still very important resources during this time. Women were allowed to serve as nurses in the war and risk their lives helping soldiers, but were not allowed to vote in their country. They also jumped in to factory work when their country called for them to do so. Even in gold mining, railroading and other community growth projects, women had a very important role that was often overshadowed by the men of this time. Women really thought that their efforts would give them equality in the United States, but they still had to fight a hard fight for decades before women’s suffrage was ratified as an amendment of the Constitution in 1920. America was the 27 country to allow women to vote. The issue of equality was a great concern for women during this time and giving them the right to vote might have solved some of the inequality in the country, but not all of it. The professor’s agree that the battle for women to gain equality has not yet been won, although many strides have been taken in the right direction.
I believe that the right to vote was evolutionary and not revolutionary. As previously mentioned, the United States was not the first to give women a sense of equality by allowing them to vote at the polls. It was inevitable for women to gain the right to vote because of their efforts in the country. Even chauvinistic men could not fight the power of women during this growth in America. Unfortunately, it took longer than expected, but women’s suffrage fell into place just as it had in other countries in the world previously.