While she still focused on helping the freed slaves she began to focus more on women’s suffrage and was involved in the women’s rights movement in 1948.
After the Civil War, people like Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott had become strong advocates and leaders of the women’s rights movement. Tubman believed in the equality of all people, black or white, male or female, which made her feel that the women’s rights movement that she had an obligation to all the women slaves that she was around that something needed to be done. Tubman’s role was not that of a leader but a strong supporter of the movement.
She talked with thousands of people of every race about her experience as a female slave. Tubman would speak about how she would watch children be born into the discrimination and the feeling of just being property, not a human being would begin as soon as they were able to walk. The speeches she gave always made a lasting impression on the audience because she would reach them with her true emotions of watching the people that were treated like objects turn into free people that were able to have a future. In her later years, Tubman traveled to different cities and states like New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C., to speak out in favor of women’s voting rights.
She used her experience in the Civil War to persuade and describe how life can be different for women if they continue to push for equal rights, just how the blacks pushed for their rights to be free. She used the sacrifices of countless women throughout history as evidence and examples of women’s equality to men. On March 10, 1913, Harriet Tubman died. Her legacy grew and the seeds that she placed in people’s minds spread and grew throughout America. Women’s suffrage in the U.S was finally achieved in 1920 with the Nineteenth Amendment in the Constitution that grants all women the right to vote, without her contributions this might have not happened.Her actions have impacted America and gave the next generations of colored people a role model to look up to and to be like when they grew up. Her beliefs are the baseline of every protest for equality, that everyone deserves the same rights no matter the gender or the color of their skin.
She didn’t just impact women or blacks, she changed the lives of every single person in America by her fearless and brave actions. Her legacy will never be forgotten.