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Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195086881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195086881.001.0001

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Women Organizing for the Vote

Women Organizing for the Vote

(p.261) 9 Women Organizing for the Vote
Women, Culture, and Community

Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the woman suffrage movement in the South from a local perspective. Suffragists comprised the first Progressive Era group to promote the rights of women for the sake of their own equality. The Galveston Equal Suffrage Association should be credited with steering the momentum of women's public activism in two directions: suffragists sought to make permanent the gains made by women civic activists and voting rights would allow them to directly elect public officials whom they would hold accountable for sanitation and civic movement. The Galveston Equal Suffrage Association sharpened their focus on the progressive women's community. They sought gains for women in equal pay for equal work, in property rights for married women and equal opportunity in the workplace. For many, these ideas were too abstract, too unconnected. But suffragists provided a radicalizing influence for the women of Galveston.

Keywords:   woman suffrage movement, suffragists, Progressive Era, Galveston Equal Suffrage Association, public activisim, voting rights, equal pay, equal opportunity, Galveston

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