Why did President Wilson end up supporting the constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote?

The film Iron-Jawed Angels helps illustrate what it was like to truly fight for women suffrage. Personally, the film allowed me to think about how this inequality that existed in the first place. Paul and Burns ultimately formed the organization to pressure Congress to pass a woman suffrage amendment.

President Wilson was picketed by suffragists outside of the White House. Protesters were arrested, jailed, and went on a hunger strike. When Wilson found out about the way the jailed suffragists were being force-fed, he finally decided to step in. Suffragists and their supporters agreed that Wilson had a debt to pay to the country’s women, who at the time were asked to support their sons and husbands fighting overseas in the First World War and who were contributing to the war effort on the home front.

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What I want to discuss through my question is about the President’s ultimate decision to vote yes for the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. In the text “Through Women’s Eyes” (page 440) it states; President Wilson, who finally yielded from to pressure from suffragists, went to the Senate to appeal for passage. Was he simply pressured into this decision? Did his support for the amendment have an impact on the outcome? Why did President Wilson end up supporting the constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote?

How was the image of women gathering together to fight for suffrage, protest, or strike have such a big political and cultural significance?

Women started to come together to fight for there rights and many of their parades, strikes, and protest were highly reported by the press. Women labors fought for cuts in hours and won their fight. Their image plus drawings of the event were also highly reported. The suffrage parades was another event where women came together and the press was also there to report the event. Women were taking advantage of the fact that they were getting their message out there and using the press to their advantage. They had coverage at the national level for the 1913 suffrage parade. With all the coverage and public gathering of women, how did it have a big political and cultural impact?

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