It’s no wonder that sexism still exists in America today, but if it wasn’t for multiple feminist organizations, the Declaration of Sentiments, and some powerful female leaders, ladies today may not even be able to vote.
In the early 1800’s and even in the many years that came before, it was blatant that women were thought of as inferior to men, a man virtually owned his wife as he did his material possessions, and a woman’s place was in the home, therefore there was no place for her in society. For example, according to Nwhm.org’s, "Rights for Women," in 1776, the states rewrote their constitutions to prevent women from voting. (Prior to that, women had exercised the right to vote in a few American colonies.) After 1787, women were only able to vote in New Jersey. Women proudly continued to vote in New Jersey until male legislators officially outlawed female voting in 1807.
After the Civil War, the seeds of gender equality were sown, no thanks to the “Declaration of Independence,” but to “The Declaration of Sentiments.” On July 19th and 20th, 1848 the first women’s convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. At the convention, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott presented a “Declaration of Sentiments,” which was modeled after the “Declaration of Independence.” However, their Declaration demanded a woman’s right to have an equal education, equal treatment under the law, and the r...
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...ictory by 1896, when women won the right to vote in four states: Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Idaho. By 1918, thirteen other states, (Washington, California, Oregon, Kansas, Arizona, Alaska, Illinois, Montana, Nevada, New York, Michigan, South Dakota, and Oklahoma) followed suit ("Rights for Women").
The crowning victory was in 1919 when the federal woman suffrage amendment, (originally written by Susan B. Anthony) was introduced in Congress, and passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. It was only a year later when the 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote (Imbornoni).
Before the 1800’s, women were second-class citizens, with no right for an education, or a right to vote, but thanks to a long, laborious battle, multiple organizations, and three generations of women, today’s ladies are treated much more equally.
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