Chapter 15. The womens movement
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The Seneca Falls Convention
The Seneca Falls Declaration
The women's movement grows
Lucretia Mott meet Elizabeth Cady Stanton at an anti slavery convention in London The two shared and interest in women's rights in July 1848 Stanton and Mott help organize the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls,New York about 300 people showed up including 40 men Highlight of convention was a debate over Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions. These resolutions called for an end laws that discriminated against women the most controversial issue was for woman suffrage. Suffrage is the right to vote in elections.
Women make gain
First women's convention was called for women's equality and their right to vote,to speak publicly,and to run for office Women's declaration called for an end to laws that discriminated against women Thomas Jefferson said that the truths to be self evident:that all me n women are created equal n among these are life,liberty,and the pursuit of happiness
Marriage and the family
Opportunities for women increased greatly in the late 1800's beginning with Wyoming in 1890 several states granted woman suffrage Not until 1920 and the 19th amendment to the constitution did women gain rights to vote everywhere.
Women's education began to call for more opportunity, Catherine Beecher believed that women should be educated for their traditional roles in their life others thought that women could be trained to be capable teachers and to fill other professional roles. Capable is skillful.
Since women had few rights they depended on men for support everything a women owed belonged to their husband even if she was in a unhappy or abusive relationship , in the mid to late 1800's women gains in marriage laws and property laws some states allowed divorced women to have guardianship of their children
Women had to struggle to become doctors or work in ministry. Ministry is the job of a religious seeker Elizabeth Blackwell tried and failed repeatedly tp get in medical school. she got accepted by Geneva collage in New York .Women gains in 1800's were remarkable but far from complete Women remained limited by social customs and expectations.In fact women had just began the long struggle to achieve their goal of equality
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