Word Challenge: Two Words, One Speech – Sister Catt’s

From the founding of the US to the early 20th century, the majority of women in the United States were by law not allowed to vote.   It took a motivated group of people over 70 years, from the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to ratification of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution in 1920, to change this law.  We remember these women today for their hard work and persistence (and sometimes for that odd-shaped Susan B Anthony dollar coin you sometimes get as change in a subway kiosk or vending machine) .

Today we are going to take a look at Carrie Chapman Catt’s 1917 address to Congress.http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/carriechapmancattsuffrages…

An excerpt:

If parties prefer to postpone action longer and thus do battle with this idea, they challenge the inevitable. The idea will not perish; the party which opposes it may. Every delay, every trick, every political dishonesty from now on will antagonize the women of the land more and more, and when the party or parties which have so delayed woman suffrage finally let it come, their sincerity will be doubted and their appeal to the new voters will be met with suspicion.

I’ve chosen inevitable and antagonize as this week’s words because this particular speech uses them in a very direct way to sum up the situation.

inevitable: 1. incapable of being avoided or evaded

Carrie Chapman Catt knew her end goal was going to happen eventually, and played the “you’re either with us, or against us” card to leverage Congressmen to join the cause.

antagonized: 1. to act in opposition to : counteract 2.  to incur or provoke the hostility of

She rightfully points out that when you annoy or anger a group of voters by dragging your feet on issues important to them, they are going to remember that come election day.

So how might you see these words on a standardized test like the SAT, ISEE, SSAT, or GRE?

Chad’s antics on the football field ______ officials so much that they threw him out of the game.

(A) enthralled (B) bored (C) impressed (D) antagonized (E) disheartened

You might see these words on the SAT Writing section in Identifying Question Error questions, and need to know that there are different forms of the word. Here you have to choose which, if any, of the underlined parts of the sentence is incorrect.

Sufferin To Suffrage

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