ignore this pageWomen’s Rights

Rights won in several states (1840-1860):
Property (led to New York’s Married Women’s Property Act, 1860)
Right to their own wages
Child custody

The first Women’s Rights Convention
At Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Beginning with a Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, it focused on women’s suffrage.
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Portrait of Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the Seneca Falls Convention.


Separate spheres
Men lived in the public sphere, and women lived in the private sphere. Politics, business… These were fields reserved for men. Women’s job as moral compasses was caring for the family and the home. They also joined temperance, moral reform, and antislavery societies, advocating for others’ rights (another outlet for their "ethically correct nature"). Then they realized they could advocate for themselves too.

Famous suffragists/feminists from this time period:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Sarah Grimke
Angelina Grimke
Susan B. Anthony