Hindley School Fifth Grader, Brady Eldredge, who last February won Darien’s Good Wife’s River DAR Fifth Grade Essay Contest with his writing on the “Women’s Suffrage Campaign,” has won first place in the CTDAR State Essay Contest and recently was named the Northeast Division DAR Fifth Grade Essay Contest winner. Brady is the son of James and Jennifer Eldredge of Darien. Brady read his award-winning essay and received his Award Certificate from CTDAR American History Chairman, Katherine Bue-Hepner at the CTDAR Board of Management Meeting held at Matthies Hall, part of the historic Oliver Ellsworth Homestead in Windsor, CT this past weekend. His family, CTDAR state officers and Good Wife’s River Chapter Honorary Regent and CTDAR Treasurer, Katherine Love attended. Sandi MacPherson is the local Essay Contest Chairman.

The 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution was approved by the United States Congress in 1919, and adopted in 1920. This amendment granted American women the right to vote and hold elected office. Children were asked to discuss the impact of the amendment on America both socially and politically. Brady’s essay won out over the best fifth grade state essays in the entire Northeastern Division which includes the seven states of Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Vermont. His Essay is now entered into the National DAR competition.

Good Wife’s River Chapter members congratulate Brady on his superior writing skills and are proud of his accomplishments. Membership in the DAR is open to any woman over the age of 18 who can trace her direct lineage to a male or female Patriot whose last act was to serve the cause of American independence during the Revolutionary War.

Below is Brady's full essay:

The Women’s Suffrage Campaign What Could Have Happened









Women’s Rights Meeting
As Imagined By Brady Eldredge July 1919

Good morning, everyone. Thank you for coming. We are gathered here to address the passing of the 19th Amendment. The meeting shall commence.

My name is Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association. I shall address the meeting. Now, we have been fighting hard for suffrage. This is our biggest victory yet. But the battle for suffrage is not over. The amendment still needs to be ratified. Just think of all the reasons to keep fighting.

Some argue that we are represented by our brothers and fathers. But will our brothers and fathers vote against unfair laws that profit them? No, probably not. But with the right to vote, we can change all the other unfair laws. And after finally being seen as equal, we will be respected much more, and therefore be a bigger part of the community. For example, we will be able to freely speak in public, which has been considered scandalous.

There are so many injustices to us. As women, we can’t own property, enter into or sign contracts. Even though we can have a job, we can’t keep our wages and belongings. We are not paid as much as men and don’t have as many job opportunities.

These injustices follow us everywhere we go, not only outside the home, but inside the home as well. We can’t keep our children if we divorce. We can be beaten by our husbands and fathers. And finally, we do not have the right to vote. This is the most important of them all. Once this is ratified, we will have the power to change the other laws. Then we will be recognized as equal to men.

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That's enough! I’m Josephine Dodge, former president of the National Association Opposed To Women's Suffrage. Allow me to make my

case.
Things were just fine the way they were, with men having the

power. Women don’t need property or to keep their wages and belongings. Women’s Suffrage has forced everyone to take one side, or to take the other. Not just my family is divided, but the entire nation. And how are we going to handle twice the number of voters? The men and women in favor of keeping this country the way it was when it was founded are gradually losing power over the choices our country makes. This suffrage business needs to end!








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On August 18, 1920, in Tennessee, the amendment was ratified. It granted women the right to vote and hold elective office.

The house voted to ratify the amendment. On that day, 48 people wearing yellow roses, supported suffrage. The 48 people wearing red roses, didn’t.

Harry T. Burn, the youngest man there, sat anxiously, clutching the red rose on his lap. Burn had received a letter from his mother that morning. The letter said to “Be a good boy, and vote for suffrage.” Burn was thinking this over for a long time, before he then made his decision.
“Yea,” he said.
And with that decision, Burn “Freed 17 million women from political slavery,” he said later.

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The women’s suffrage movement got bigger as it caught on across the nation. Those who opposed it were just fueling the burning flame of passion for the suffrage movement. By going against it, they just made the suffragists more determined to make that idea a reality.









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