The Women's Rights Movement of the 1800's Essay

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The Women's Rights Movement of the 1800s For many years, women have not experienced the same freedoms as men. Being a woman, I am extremely grateful to those women who, many years ago, fought against social standards that were so constricting to women. Today, women can vote, own property instead of being property, live anywhere and have any career which she may choose.
One of the biggest reasons I have for choosing this topic was to find out what these women did to make a difference, not only in their lives, but in the lives of so many future generations. How does one group of disrespected, non-voting, non-working women, gain the attention of the rest of the world? They changed history for themselves and the rest of the nation. What I
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He allows her in Church, as well as State, but a subordinate position, claiming Apostolic authority for her exclusion from the ministry, and, with some exceptions from any public participation in the affairs of the Church... Now, in view of this entire disenfranchisement of one half of the people in this country, in view of their social and religious degradation, in view of the unjust laws above mentioned, and because women do feel themselves aggrieved, oppressed, and fraudulently deprived of their most sacred rights, we insist that they have immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of the United
The motive behind this Seneca Falls convention was to raise the awareness of the general population to the oppression, not only of slaves, but of women. The anti-slavery movement was in full swing and many people in the North were in favor of the movement. It started splintering when the women's rights issues were added to the platform. Not many men wanted to be seen in support of the issues women were facing. It was Lucretia Mott's husband who presided over the Seneca Falls Convention. The issues with which they were most immediately concerned included control of earnings, personal freedom and custody of children in divorce cases.
In the 1840's, women were considered the property of their husbands. Their earnings were also considered the property of the husband. These women, many of whom