Since forever, women were considered inferior to men, obedient, given the role to keep the house, cook, clean, and care after the children. Women had no right to vote, had limited education and weren't given the same job opportunities. However, during the 1800's women began to start a movement and demand for gender equality.
In Seneca, New York, the first ever women rights convention was held. Organized by Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Staton, the convention had 200 attendees, including Fredrick Douglas, a Black American Abolitionist. The women read the Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances which was very closely modeled after the Declaration of Independence and petitioned for women's rights . They discussed the injustices, and started the movement for women's suffrage.
In 1821, the first college for women was established. Between 1821-1872, more than 12,000 women attended Willard's Troy Female Seminary and were able to study many subjects. However, education was a privilege for women from wealthy families, while most women in the lower class were giving their earning's to send their male family members to school.