The Fight for Women's Rights

The Fight for Women's Rights

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  • I simply cannot believe our idea became reality! Who would have thought that meeting behind a mere curtain could spark something such as this?
  • I know! I just hope our convention can start turning this oppression around.
  • "We hold woman to be justly entitled to all we claim for man."
  • "Hmm..I'm not sure about this" "Well, it's a big step but they're right!"
  • Yes! Why shouldn't women have the right to vote?
  • I could speak for you, as long as you write the speeches.
  • That convention was a lovely idea! It's already starting to make change; New York and Massachusetts have already passed better laws for women.
  • I admit, that was my first public speech. I don't really like doing so, but I'm glad if I could help the movement.
  • The two main reformers of the women's rights movement were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. After meeting behind a curtain specially designated for women, they organized the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. While there, those in attendance were able to look at the Declaration of Sentiments, which was a document listing the wrongs men have done to women and stating that everyone is created equal.
  • All the men just came back from voting for our 18th president. 21 years has passed and women still do not have the right to vote. We need to do something about this! We need to make an organization that will give women more consciousness. 
  • You are completely correct. Myself, you, and all women have been living their lives with unequal rights. I totally agree with the organization. We must campaign for women's rights.
  • At this convention, people voted to solve these injustices listed in the Declaration of Sentiments, and women's right to vote narrowly passed approval by the audience. Frederick Douglass supported the suffrage of women, and spoke out. From this first movement, many organizations were formed and eventually, little by little, laws were changed.
  • Deeds not words!
  • Votes for women!
  • Mr.President what will you do for woman suffrage?
  • After the convention, slow progress was made to turn things around. April 7th of 1848, New York passed a law allowing women to own their own money and property while in 1850, Massachusetts and Indiana passed better laws regarding divorce. Elizabeth Blackwell started a female hospital, opening up more career choices. While Susan B. Anthony helped the younger Stanton, her counterpart Lucretia Mott was about 55 and had much more experience with reforms .
  • Vote here
  • This is like a dream come true. The territory of Wyoming has did it!
  • I know. I cannot believe the territory of Wyoming is allowing women to vote. I just hope women from all over America will have the same right as the territory Wyoming.
  • Twenty one years has passed and women still do not have many rights.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony then came up with the National Woman's Suffrage Association (NWSA).  Another organization that formed was the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA). Founded by, Lucy Stone, Henry Blackwell, and Julia Ward Howe. These organizations were made to give women more awareness.
  • The suffragists failed to achieve votes for women by peaceful, ‘respectable’ methods. Many disillusioned women began to advocate a more militant approach. These groups became known as the suffragettes, and they adopted the motto 'Deeds not Words'.
  • However, in 1869, Wyoming's territorial legislature became the first government in the world to grant "female suffrage" by enacting a bill granting Wyoming women the right to vote. The act was signed into law on December 10 of that year by Governor A.J. Campbell.
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