The Female Seminary Movement Of A Woman 's Mind

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her husband must have sparked some ideas or aspirations of equality in a woman’s mind. At the same time, industrialization helped to free up some time for women because factories began doing a lot of work that had previously taken up much of women’s time, such as weaving and sewing. By the early 1800s, it became more common for women to branch out from their families, forming or joining women 's organizations or volunteering with local charities. It was a whole new world for women. One of the first women’s movements was the female seminary movement, taking place in about 1815. Emma Willard, Catherine E. Beecher, Zilpah P. Grant, and Mary Lyon were a few of the trailblazers that led this movement, intending to improve the quality of women 's education. Initially, the purpose of the cause was to empower women to be good citizens and "mothers of future statesmen." Equality wasn’t yet the goal, though. It remained their belief that young men and women should be educated separately and in a different fashion. While these leaders worked for improvements for women, they only worked for education and accepted wholeheartedly the belief in “the appropriate sphere of women." The female seminary movement was never directly linked to the women 's rights movement, but opened a proverbial can of worms, proving that women were capable of teaching and managing institutions and was definitely a stepping stone in the journey toward equal rights for women. The 1820s and 1830s brought the Jacksonian movement for democracy, which emphasized the idea of equality. Northern businessmen began campaigning for abolition, inadvertently creating an opportunity for women to participate in the cause and exposing them to the magic and power of politics. The ab... ... middle of paper ... entire fortune and sacrificed her reputation for the cause. But, still, she had made her mark and inspired future feminists to further the cause of equal rights for women in the 1830s and 1840s. Meanwhile, in 1833, the American Anti-Slavery Society was established, led by William Lloyd Garrison, who was an advocate for equal rights for women. Still, opposition within the group prevented women to sign their Declaration of Purposes, so the women involved brushed themselves off and formed the Female Anti-Slavery Society, which grew quickly despite the opposition and resulted in such brutal responses as the burning of the building where the Anti-Slavery convention of American Women was held. The opposition to the progress of women’s rights seemed even stronger than that of abolition, if one can imagine that! But, the movement for equal rights was not going anywhere.

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