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Women's Rights in the 1800's and now
Transcript of Women's Rights in the 1800's and now
Sojourner Truth - Women had few freedoms, and their identities was linked directly with their husband and his property.
-Had no right to her own property, money or privileges as far as voting or statements
-As the 1800s moved forward, things changed as women gained more rights including the right to vote. -Born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree.
-After escaping to freedom, she quickly rose to prominence as an advocate of abolition and women’s rights.
-Sold at 11 years old as 100 dollars.
-Her most famous speech, known under the title “Ain’t I a Woman?” was delivered extemporaneously at the 1851 Ohio Women’s Rights Convention. Women's Rights in the 1800's And Now Early Women's Rights How It Changed -In the 1800s, women couldn't vote, and most states had laws limiting a woman's right to own property. Most colleges were closed to women, as were most professions.
-The first National Women's Rights Convention takes place in Worcester, Mass.
Dec. 10 1869
-The territory of Wyoming passes the first women's suffrage law. The following year, women begin serving on juries in the territoy
Colorado is the first state to adopt an amendment granting women the right to vote. Important Figure Susan B. Anthony -Through Anthony's determined work, many professional fields became open to women by the end of the nineteenth century. -Founded the National Woman's Suffrage Association in 1869. She worked for women's suffrage for over 50 years. -First person arrested, put on trial and fined for voting on November 5, 1872. -Wrote the Susan B. Anthony Amendment in 1878 which later became the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Women's Rights in the 21st Century Women now have the right to abort their babies.
They have the right to work a 40 hour week.
They have the right to work to support their family.
They now have the right to work in combat zones.
They have the right to own property. Important Figure Millicent Fawcett -Women were second-class citizens. -Women were expected to restrict their sphere of interest to the home and the family. Women were not encouraged to obtain a real education or pursue a professional career. -After marriage, women did not have the right to own their own property, keep their own wages, or sign a contract. -In addition, all women were denied the right to vote. Only after decades of intense political activity did women eventually win the right to vote. -Gaining the vote for American women, known as women's suffrage, was the single largest enfranchisement and extension of democratic rights in our nation’s history.
-Suffrage activists spent more than 50 years educating the public and waging campaigns in the states and nationally to establish the legitimacy of “votes for women.”
-Suffragists undertook almost 20 years of direct lobbying as well as dramatic, non-violent, militant action to press their claim to the vote. Important Figure Elizabeth Cady Stanton -Her movement was called the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies
-Believed in the power of change through persuasion
-Argued that women that worked should be paid the same level of tax as men who were employed, but the men could vote and the women could not. - Held the first national women's right convention
-In New York over 200 women and 40 men gathered to discuss issues about women's right
-Stanton along with her friend wrote the Declaration of Sentiments
-Resolutions about work, school, and chruch were passed Critical Question -Do you feel that in America today, women's rights are considered more or less important by the average American?
-Should women have the same rights as men?