Women's Rights 1830-1850
Women's rights were an important issue that started to really take root during this time period. People like Elizabeth Cady Stanton were very influential during this movement, as they spoke out against the prejudices against women. In 1848, the Seneca Falls Convention, the first womens rights convention, was held in New York. This meeting was held after two women were refused proper seating at an Anti-slavery convention. The men and women at the convention in Seneca Falls signed a Declaration of Rights and Sentiments, which outlined grievances and set the stage for the Women's rights movement. Women argued for rights pertaining to the ownership of property, marriage, right to vote, and professional opportunities. Women were starting to get more jobs outside the home, which some men and upper class citizens deemed unfit. The women's rights movement was the precedent for other groups, like slaves, to stand up and fight for their rights. It made others more comfortable in disagreeing with the social norm, and helped to bring equality to a nation that would otherwise have been quite unfair and segregated.
Interesting facts (Discussion):
•Susan B. Anthony, a later suffrage leader babysat Stanton's children while Stanton wrote speeches for Women's Rights
•many women remained single because married women couldn't own property on their own right and couldn't make legal contracts on their own behalf
•in most states, women could not have custody of their own children
In this primary source, the Declaration of Sentiments, the Declaration of Independence is modeled and changed to say "men and women are created equal". It also lists grievances that the women had against the men of their society, and called for change.
Picture 1: The Women's Suffrage Movement was a result of the original Women's rights movement. These movement changed the way that a women's purpose was perceived, and created far more equality in the country.
Picture 2: this depiction of the Seneca Falls Convention proves that it was attended by both men and women, as you can see men in the drawing. Since both some men and women supported this movement, it gained more and more popularity.