Presentation on theme: "-Women had few rights before the 1840’s -Women could not vote or hold an office. -Women could own no money or property. -Men could legally beat their."— Presentation transcript:
-Women had few rights before the 1840’s -Women could not vote or hold an office. -Women could own no money or property. -Men could legally beat their wives. (The rule of thumb) -Women had no say in the lives of their children. -Women could not divorce their husbands. - Basically, women were equal with slaves.
- Examples of Unequal Treatment -Lucy Stone, graduated college, but was not allowed to speak at her graduation. -Elizabeth Blackwell was rejected from 29 medical schools before becoming the first women doctor. She never found work because of her gender.
-In 1840, two women met at an anti-slavery convention in London. Lucretia Mott Elizabeth Cady Stanton 47 years old Abolitionist The Jedi Master 25 years old Well-Educated The Padawan
- Tired of being treated like inferiors, the two women decided to hold a convention about women’s rights in the future.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal...
-Eight years later, a convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY. -Stanton modeled the “Declaration of Sentiments” after the Declaration on Independence. -Listed tyranny of men against women rather than the tyranny of King George against the colonies. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal.”
-The convention agreed that women should be equal to men, except in one area, the right to vote. -Some women felt it was too much to hope for, but they passed it anyways. -The convention does two things... 1) passes the Declaration of Sentiments that listed what women reformers wanted and believed. -The convention also helped organize the women’s reform movement.
-Stanton retired from speaking, instead writing speeches for Susan B. Anthony, a gifted speaker. -Anthony became the voice of the movement, and traveled around the country.
-New York gave women control of their property. -Massachusetts and Indiana passed divorce laws. -Not much happened right away, but it started the movement that... -In 1920, gave women the right to vote with the 19 th amendment. WAS THE MOVEMENT A SUCCESS?