Before the 18th century, women had very few rights. They couldn't own property, very few women got a higher education, and any money she earned belonged to her husband.
You must not read those silly books! You have to learn how to sew so you can marry!
Women had to cook, clean, take care of the children and generally be submissive to their husbands.
At the end of the 19th century, women started to protest because they weren't allowed to vote.
Look at these suffragettes! More than 1,000 are now in prison because of the protests.
In America, the Grimke Sisters were the first nationally-known white American female advocates of women's rights and the abolition of slavery. They spoke out against the evils of slavery in front of large male audiences but they couldn't do it publicly.
Go to the kitchen!
In America, the first attempt to organize a national movement for women’s rights occurred in New York, in July 1848. Led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a young mother, and the abolitionist Lucretia Mott, about 300 people attended the reunion.
In the UK, Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon was a woman who led the women's rights movement. She was an activist. She defended women's right to education. She also co-funded the English Women's Journal.