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

    • Given name: Isabella Baumfree
  • 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

    • Becomes the model for other educational academies
    • Enrollment in 1821: 90 students
    • By 1831: over 300 students
  • 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?

  • How did the women’s rights movement begin?

  • When women became involved in reform movements, like the abolition movement, limits on their participation led some women to feel that they needed to work for equal rights for themselves, including the right to vote.



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