Black Men are Given the Right to Vote Before Women
Before the women's rights movement began, women had little control over their lives. A woman's wages would go to the men in her life, a woman would not take custody of her children in the event of a divorce, and women could not vote. Eventually, women of the seventeenth century decided they'd had enough.
The Seneca Falls Convention of July 1848 was a women's rights meeting in Seneca Falls, New York. Here, many women signed the Declaration of Sentiments, written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This document was a partial re-write of the Declaration of Independence that included women in men's rights.
In 1870, black men were given the right to vote. This angered many women because most had been abolitionists and assumed women would be given the right to vote as well. Women were not given the right to vote until the 1900s.