Women's Rights (1830s - 1850s)
Women were thought to be weaker spiritually and emotionally compared to men. Women, however, owned and ran their home but did not do anything outside of the home (called "cult of domesticity"). Several women leaders emerged fighting for different rights for women. In 1848, the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention was held. Here, the "Declaration of Sentiments," a document which discussed civil, social, political, and religious rights for women, was written. Although this did not immediately give women the right to vote, it started the women's rights movement. As women fought for their own rights, they worked with Africans and others who supported the abolition of slavery. Therefore, the women's rights movement aided in the abolition of slavery.