Women's Liberation Movement

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It was the year 1840, at the world famous Anti-Slavery Convention in London, when Lucretia Mott decided she had dealt with enough. Born in 1793, Mott was a Quaker minister and advocate for anti-slavery who had no fear of standing up for what she felt was right. When women were refused the right to fully participate at the Anti-Slavery Convention, Mott became determined to fight for women’s rights. In 1848, she joined abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York for the first Convention dedicated to women’s rights. Quickly gaining support, these women fought for the right to vote and equal rights in education and employment. The Seneca Falls Convention triggered the feminist movement in the United States, giving women a voice and confidence to speak their mind, but it would take a few decades before significant changes began to take shape.
Throughout the twentieth century, women continued to fight for equality. In 1920, the nineteenth amendment finally gave women the right to vote, but they were still considered second-class citizens. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt as chair of the Commission on the Status of Women. After extensive research, the commission filed their results in the Peterson Report, confirming that women were being highly discriminated in the workplace. In 1963, Betty Friedan, a journalist and women’s rights activist, published The Feminine Mystique, which focused on the hopelessness of most housewives who longed for more in life. After these publications, women began to regain their motivation to fight for equality, sparking the Women’s Liberation Movement. They sought to end gender discrimination and achieve e...

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