“That all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”(History.com Staff. (2009) Women’s Rights began in 1848, with the start of a Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, which was held by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. On May 15, 1869 the National Woman Suffrage Association was formed. This helped women gain the right to vote along with African Americans. In 1840, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met at a World Anti Slavery Convention, where they were forbidden to enter based on their gender being female.
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Susan B, Anthony became an agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1856. In 1863 Anthony and Stanton organized a Women's National Loyal League to support and petition for the Thirteenth Amendment outlawing slavery. They went on to campaign for full citizenship for women and people of any race, including the right to vote, in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. They were bitterly disappointed and disillusioned when women were excluded. Anthony continued to campaign for equal rights for all American citizens Education Reform In 1853 Anthony called for women to be admitted to the teaching profession and for better pay for women teachers.
Anthony then became a part of a group called the National Woman Suffrage Association. This group had a goal to get an amendment in the Constitution. The women suffragists then began to argue that "women deserve the vote because they were different from men ("The Fight for Women 's Suffrage").Years later in 1910, some Western states began to let women vote. A women by the name of Carrie Chapman Catt became a significant person for women’s suffrage("Catt, Carrie Chapman,“American Social Reform”). Catt influenced many women during the encountering of women 's suffrage because she served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association,founder of the League of Women Voters, devised the "Winning Plan” and was an influential activist who fought for women 's rights.
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.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.” (Elizabeth, 1815). The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gave women a right to vote as well as men. The movement to give the right to vote for women through the 19th Amendment was a Suffrage movement. The Suffrage movement had continued since the Civil War, but the 13th, 14th and 15th amendment (it is related to the right to citizen) did not cover the right to vote for women. The 19th Amendment and the Suffrage movement have changed the lives of women in society.
The problem, which has been buried for many years, is a dissatisfaction and a longing for many suburban housewives that are looking for something more. Women had minds that needed to grow, but their husbands treated them almost as children. These women had to show that they were not decorations, but courageous human beings that were capable of anything. Women should be treated equally to men because they were created equal, can be just as successful in the work place, and should have the same social, economical and political status as men. The history of the Women’s Rights Movement was a time in history where women fought as hard as they could for equality.
They wrote the Declaration of Sentiments which list grievances against men, and 12 resolutions calling for equality of men and women under the law and the rights to vote for women. They also declared that women will use every methods available to further their cause. In 1869, Susan B. Anthony, a woman suffragist and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the NWSA or the National Woman Suffrage Association, and Lucy Stone, Henry Blackwell, and others... ... middle of paper ... ...d the Susan B. Anthony Amendment written, and it grants citizens the rights to vote regardless of their gender. The president Woodrow Wilson called this a wartime measure because the U.S. would not have won the WWI without the help of women. On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment were signed into the Constitution, there granting women the rights to vote.
Many people know Susan B. Anthony as ‘the women that dared to vote.’ Many women go to vote without knowing how important she was on that decision. She is one of the most recognized historical people fighting for Women Suffrage. She was an icon on Women’s Rights history. Women regardless of age, religion, social class, fought for one objective; the achievement to get the right to vote, the right to make their own decisions. She was part of this achievement.
In the nineteenth century, women’s rights activists began fighting for economic freedoms to receive the same amount of legal respect as men. On July 19, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott held the first gathering devoted solely to women’s rights in Seneca Falls, New York (“Women’s Rights Movement”). Stanton formed an alliance with Susan B. Anthony to try and move forward with their ideas to develop the right for women to vote (“Women’s Rights Movement”). In 1869, the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) were created, but struggled to maintain momentum throughout the years as they were not getting the support they wanted from middle class women and men until a later date (“Women’s Rights Movement”). There were a number of women’s organizations that were created during this time because it showed all of the diverse interests between religions and political parties (Hall 191).