The first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls in 1848 when 200 women and 40 men met together for the cause of gender equality. The goal of the convention is to outline women’s grievance and to lay the foundation for women’s right movement that followed. Under the convention, a set of 12 resolutions was formed, which called for fair treatment for women under laws and equal voting rights. Leading by feminists Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the delegates make their claim that being part of American citizens, women should not be limited by their roles as mothers and wives. Thus in the language of the founding fathers, they wrote, "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal."
Stanton believed that a public protest of women’s right was the next step to get equality for women’s legal position. By this belief, Stanton tried to make a draft of “Declaration of Right and Sentiments”, which she modeled after the “Declaration of Independence”. In this declaration, Stanton demanded moral, economic and political equality for women. With her friends, Stanton was able to hold the first women’s right convention on 19-20 July 1848 at Stanton house in Seneca Falls, New York. That is why; the convention is called Seneca Falls Convention.
“The expansion of women’s education, and women’s move into a wide variety of reform efforts and professions laid the ground for a massive suffrage movement that demanded the most basic right of citizenship for women.” (Evans) The Women’s Suffrage movement made way for women to have rights, just like every man in this world at this time. The Nineteenth Amendment was a huge victory in the
People began to support women’s rights, and that was a huge win for advocates. People such as John Stuart Mill were passionate advocates for women’s rights. In document 1, Mill begins by saying that traditionally, the vocation of a woman is the place of a wife and mother. He believes that one is supposed to consider of women in that way, but in truth, he recognizes that by denying women the same opportunities as men, the world is denied of the talents of women. He wrote The Subjection of Women with the help of his wife.
Women Suffrage movement began more active after 1894. For example, “In New York City, Josephine Shaw Lowell and Mary Putnam Jacobi formed the Woman Municipal League." (Dubois, 189) This organization was primary focusing on the corruption of public. “By the early 1900s, moreover, the spirit of political reform in New York City spread beyond the elite.” (Dubois, 189) For instance, African American women also began their suffrage by forming the National Association of Colored Women in 1903. "…with links to the Democratic Party and the labor movement, A Women's Henry George Society, and a female wing of William Randolph Hearst's Independence League."
Most people think that women voting now a days is normal but it was only not too long ago, on August 18, 1920, that women first gained the right to vote. Securing the right to vote for women was not easy and took many years for the 19th Amendment to finally be ratified. The 19th Amendment granted American women the right to vote and states that the right of citizens shall not be denied by the United States or by any state because of ones’ gender (“19th Amendment”). Many different groups and conventions were formed to help spread the word that women should be able to have the right to vote. Within these groups were many different suffragettes that helped win the vote at last.
Women decided to picket outside of the White House; these women were arrested and put in prison. In the film Iron Jawed Angels a particular statement was given throughout a scene “In prison or out American women are not free” According to this statement, regardless of their stability inside or outside prison for those women who were imprisoned American women were not freed from social injustice. Woodrow Wilson declared war in 1917, The United States of America officially entered the war. Women worked hard and persistently petitioning the government for their right to vote. After the hunger strikes realized by imprisoned suffragists, and after women contributed to the war efforts the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.
This is because the 19th amendment was made and allowed women to vote so anything that women could do was adding fuel to ditching the female roles in society. Overall the main events of the 1920s included America’s economic prosperity following World War I which became a period of artistic experimentation, the Harlem Renaissance and the 19th amendment allowing women to vote. A great example of this was Susan B. Anthony who wrote and gave 75-100 speeches in a year and would continue to do so for 45 years. Famous modernist writers at the time were all able to reflect the ideas, values and themes of the period between 1915 and 1935, allowing the public to read texts about social issues of the
Women suffrage is women gaining the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony was a very important person in this movement. The first major meeting of women to discuss their rights was in Seneca Falls, NY. A document similar to the declaration of independence was written by women. It listed the grievances, or issues, that women had with society, it was named the Declaration of Sentiments.
The first ever woman's rights convention was held I Seneca Falls in July of 1848. Elizabeth Cady Stanton made her first public statement for women's suffrage. Her call to her to action was codified in the groundbreaking piece of literature known as the declaration of sentiments. This moment in history marks the beginning of the woman's right's movement. The beginnings of the Seneca Falls Convention drawback to the anti-slavery movement, or more specifically the World's Anti-slavery Convention of 1840.