Directions: Complete the following outline in preparation for writing your research paper. Be sure to include proper MLA in-text citation for all your evidence (quotes & paraphrasing).
I. Introduction paragraph
A. Broad statement: Due to many industrial and social changes during the early 19th century, many women were involved in social advocacy efforts, which eventually led them to advocate for their own right to vote and take part in government agencies.
B. Introduction to specific topic and text: The women’s movement of the 1920’s worked to grant women the right to vote nationally, thereby allowing women more political equality.
C. Three sub-topic points for your topic
1. Women as public advocates
2. The beginning of the women’s movement
3. The passage of the 19th Amendment
II. Sub-Topic 1
A. Topic sentence: Wanting to protect the ideals and morality of the “home”, many women were drawn to social advocacy in order to help correct the deficiencies in the changing 19th century.
1. Introduction to information: Women were very active helping disenfranchised groups who were severely negatively affected by the sweeping social changes in the early 19th century.
2. Evidence: (Quote/paraphrase): Women worked to “improve…the conditions of child workers, the mentally ill, those imprisoned, and the slaves…It was the result of women’s participation in the abolition movement…that women were compelled to address their own political inequality” (Bryant).
i. Analysis of quote/relevance of statement to thesis (event): While women worked to help these disadvantaged groups, they became increasingly aware of their own inability to fully take part in societal decisions, thereby making positive changes for society. Acquiring the vote would enable women to continue working for the benefit of others as well as their own families.