Women's Rights

Women's Rights

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  • I can't believe they made us sit behind a curtain! As if women don't have a voice.
  • Me too! We really should do something about it!
  • In the 1840's to the 1850's women tried to fight for their right to vote, go to school, own their own money and property. Even wealthy women like the Grimke sisters had found similarities between women and slaves. "What then can a woman do for the slave, when she is herself under the feet of man and shamed into silence," asked Angelina Grimke
  • Because of you, Elizabeth Blackwell, women are now inspired to be doctors. Because you showed them that they can.
  • And now that we've worked so hard for out right's we can do many things, but not all. In the future women and men will truly be equal as long as we keep fighting!
  • Of course! One day women will be able to vote as freely as men!
  • Thank you Lucretia! But if it weren't for people like you, Susan B Anthony and others our efforts would have been fruitless
  • The movement for women's rights was sparked by the friendship between Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Santon. They met at in 1840 at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. When they arrived they were upset that women were not allowed to speak and were made to sit on the balcony, behind a curtain.
  • When Stanton and Mott, leaders of the women's rights movement, left London they had decided to hold a convention. Eights years later this convention was called The Seneca Falls Convention. Three hundred people and forty men had come. Like the Declaration of Independence stated the injustices acted upon the colonists, the new declaration listed injustices made by men over woman. This declaration became known as the Declaration of Sentiments.
  • Slowly women's rights made progress. In New York women were able to have control over their property and wages. Massachusetts and Indiana passed more liberal divorce laws. And Elizabeth Blackwell, the country's first female doctor, started her own hospital which also included a medical school to train other female doctors.
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