Women's rights

1830's-1850's

The women's rights movement of 1830-1850 was what could be called the "first wave" of feminism. It was the first attempt at giving women some what equal rights. The movement of Jacksonian democracy began the first real push towards women's rights due to its emphasis on the idea of equality. Another factor was that during this period, women became involved with the abolitionist movement, exposing them to politics. Finally, with more factories popping up, more women started working away from home. Those three factors, among others, are the reasons that women started pushing for their right to vote, proper education, and created a women's labor union. Important women of this movement include all of Lowell mills workers, they created the first labor union, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she was the leading figure of the early movement.

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