Beginning in mid-1800s, women began to come together to advocate for their rights. Many women knew that they had the same rights as men, yet the government prevented them from exercising these rights. As a result, women fought to have their rights recognized by the government at the state and national level.
One of the issues that united women was voting (or suffrage) rights. Some women wanted the federal government to recognize their right to vote by passing a constitutional amendment. Leaders like Susan B. Anthony proposed an amendment known as the 19th Amendment. If added to the Constitution, the federal government would have to recognize a woman’s right to vote all across the United States.