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The Women's Rights Movement

Women before 1800s

  • Before Women had organized their convention-there had been no organized movement for Women's Rights

  • Women before the 1800s:
    • Were not allowed to vote
    • Were not allowed to own property
    • Were property themselves of their fathers or husbands
    • Were not allowed to go to college Etc.

    The Women's Rights Movement

    • How The Women's Rights Movement began:

    • 1840---There was a a convention going on called "The World Anti-slavery Convention" in London, England.

    • This convention refused to allow women to take part.

    • This angered Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott

    • Mott discussed with Stanton the need for a convention on women's rights. The plan came to fruition when Mott again encountered Stanton in the summer of 1848 in the home of fellow Quaker Jane Hunt.

    • These 2 women decided to start their own convention, so they started the Women's Rights Convention

    • So, In 1848 these two women had organized the first Women's Rights Organization-which was held in Seneca Falls, New York

    The Seneca Falls Convention

    • The Seneca Falls Convention for Women's Rights was held on July 19, 1848

    • More than 240 people attended this convention

    • After two days: the ladies at this convention had drawn up a document called "A Declaration of Rights and Sentiments"

    • The women at the convention approved: "A Declaration of Rights and Sentiments"

    The Rights Listed for Women in the document

    • The Rights for women that the ladies wanted to receive included:

    • c18 Rights for women

    • Rights Examples listed:

    • The right to vote

    • The right to higher education

    • The right to own property

    • The right to have equal rights as men

    • Etc.

    • The Rights became known as "Equal Rights"

    Other Women who fought for Women's Rights:

    • Angelina Grimke-she wrote about how Antislavery movements were an open door for Women's Rights

    • Sojourner Truth---She gave a famous speech in Akron, Ohio in 1851 called "Ain't I a woman"

    • Susan B. Anthony---she is on a Silver Dollar American coin-she wrote a lot of books and documents


    • The Women's rights movement grew stronger and stronger over the years as women grew support from each other

    • Women eventually were able to earn the rights in their document through a lot of hard work and persistence in events

    • Today-the Women's Rights Movement still helps Women fight injustices such as jobs that pay men more and women less for the same work