How did the women’s rights movement begin?


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How did the women’s rights movement begin?

  • How did the women’s rights movement begin?



Main Idea: Women who were involved in abolition and other reform movements begin to speak out about the status of women.

  • Main Idea: Women who were involved in abolition and other reform movements begin to speak out about the status of women.



Born a slave in New York

  • Born a slave in New York

  • Religious calling to the abolitionist AND women’s rights movements

  • Although illiterate, her powerful voice speaks truth for women & the enslaved

    • Women’s rights, religious tolerance, and pacifism


Main Idea: The Seneca Falls Convention (1848) marks the start of an organized effort to win more rights for American women.

  • Main Idea: The Seneca Falls Convention (1848) marks the start of an organized effort to win more rights for American women.



Seneca Falls Convention launches the women’s rights movement.

  • Seneca Falls Convention launches the women’s rights movement.

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton teams with Susan B. Anthony

    • - never married; free to devote life to reform
    • - Together, they start National Women’s Suffrage Association
    • 1860: convince NY to pass law to protect women’s property rights
    • States change laws allowing married women to keep their wages


Emma Willard starts the Troy Female Seminary

  • Emma Willard starts the Troy Female Seminary

  • Mary Lyon opens Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in Massachusetts in 1837

    • 1st U.S. college for women
    • Shows women can learn higher level subjects: Latin, geometry, chemistry, …..


Women expand in education as both students & teachers:

  • Women expand in education as both students & teachers:

  • Margaret Fuller makes a career in journalism & as a literary critic.

  • Elizabeth Blackwell: 1st American woman to graduate medical school

    • - Geneva Medical College, in NY: 1849
  • Maria Mitchell first female professor at Vassar College

    • Teaches Astronomy


How did the women’s rights movement begin?




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