"Woman's Right to the Ballot" - An Analysis Analytical Essay by Nicky

A look at Amelia Bloomer's speech, "Woman's Right to the Ballot."
# 149818 | 1,417 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 01, 2012 in Women Studies (Historical Figures)

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This paper describes the work and viewpoint of the woman suffragist, Amelia Bloomer, focusing on her famous speech, "Woman's Right to the Ballot." First, the paper discusses who Bloomer was and how she presented her opinions in a rational and organized fashion. Then, the paper shows how Bloomer exemplified the new middle class woman who strove to be heard and represented through the right to vote. Additionally, the paper notes how Bloomer needed to think like a man to get her message across. Bloomer addressed men in her speech, appealing to their sense of logic as a way to convey her message. Next the paper points out that Bloomer was not afraid of letting men know where they have gone wrong. The paper concludes by stating that Amelia Bloomer was a role model for women in her day because she was speaking out for a basic right that women should have been afforded but were not.

From the Paper:

"Bloomer was a forward thinker blessed with a husband that supported her activities. She was given a certain amount of freedom that most women did not enjoy and she used to her best advantage. She was Linda Steiner asserts that while Bloomer was writing for The Lily, a women's suffrage publication, she "articulated and dramatized a new kind of middle-class woman, a 'sensible woman . . . active, healthy, sensibly dressed women, in place of the waxen-faced, wasp-like beflowered and befurbelowed caricatures of women'" (Steiner). Bloomer expressed the notion that women could be active in matters outside the home wile still being a wife and mother. The Lily illustrates how Bloomer and others used "language not only to motivate and recruit women but to reinforce gender roles and beliefs as well" (Baker). Bloomer did take the position that women should be allowed to vote, she also believed that women should demonstrate that they are worthy of that right. Steiner points out that while Bloomer praised the women that supported prohibition..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baker, John. "Women, language, and the Argument for Education reform in Antebellum Ladies' Magazines." Women and Language. 1997. ProQuest Resource Database. Information Retrieved July 27, 2009. <http://proquest.com>
  • Bloomer, Amelia. "Woman's Right to the Ballot." Textbook. City: Publisher. Year.
  • Steiner, Linda. "Governors State University." American Magazine Journalists. 1989. GALE Resource Database. Information Retrieved July 27, 2009. <http://www.galnet.com>

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