Women's Rights 1830's - 1850's

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The picture above is of the Declaration of Sentiments that Elizabeth Cady Stanton read at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. She advocated for equal rights for men and women alike. This document was based on the Declaration of Independence.

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The Second Great Awakening had a significant impact on the status of middle-class women, because it preached female spiritual worth and offered women an active role in the bringing of their husbands and families back to God. This elevated status of women did serve to give them a higher social standing, because they were seen as the protectors of social morality; however, it also reaffirmed the fact that women's main purpose lay in the home, which stunted the participation of women in affairs outside the household and created the misconception that women were incapable of being productive participators in outside society.

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While these ideas of women's rights were outrageous, they were not the first time in America that women had advocated for their equality. Leading women, like Abigail Adams for example, wanted change for women and wrote in her letter to her husband "In the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors." Similarly to Abigail Adams, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a major influence on women's rights through her speech at the Seneca Falls Convention where she read her Declaration of Sentiments. She even went as far as to say that women had the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in May 1869. These women had reacted to the 15th Amendment, passed that year, which accorded emancipated black men the vote—but not women. While the right for women wasn't actually established until 1920, the views of these women were granted eventually.

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