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1 Women’s Rights Movement
Objectives: 1. Identify leaders of the Women’s rights movement in the 1800’s 2. Describe the traditional attitudes about the role of women. 3. Describe the reforms the leaders of the women’s rights movement sought to achieve

2 Quiz ____ 1. During the 1800’s women in most states had the right to vote. ____2. During the 1800’s women could hold national political positions, like senator or judge. ____3. Before 1850, women were able to attend any college they desired. ____4. Before 1850 , married women were able to own property under most states laws. ____5. Before 1850, married women were allowed to keep the money that they earned at work to spend on their own under most states laws. ____6. Women abolitionists and reformers were encouraged to express their viewpoints in public meetings during the 1800’s. ____7. Before 1850 women had equal opportunity for the same job as men. ____8. During the 1800’s women and men who performed the same job usually got paid the same wage. ____9. During the 1800’s many ministers in Christian churches were women. ____10. During the 1800’s women and men were treated equally under the law.

3 Susan B. Anthony Leading organizer for women’s suffrage and equal rights. Founded organization to promote women’s suffrage. Dedicated life to inspiring other women to demand equal rights

4 Susan B. Anthony Quote: “there never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers…. The fact is, women are in chains, and their servitude (enslavement) is all the more debasing (despicable) because they do not realize it. O to compel them to see and feel and to give them the courage and the conscience to speak and act for their own freedom , though they face the scorn and contempt off all the world for doing it”

5 Quote A “ Women have enough influence as mothers and wives that they don’t need to be involved in politics. Because of their influence in the family, they are already very powerful – giving them the right to vote is unnecessary.”

6 Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Planned first women’s rights convention and authorized “Declaration of Women’s rights” Pushed for full political equality for women , including the right to vote. Wrote Women’s Bible, which criticized religion for subordinating women.

7 Elizabeth Cady Stanton Quote:
“The Bible and Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of woman’s emancipation (freedom)… The Bible teaches that woman brought sin and death into the world, that she precipitated(brought about) the fall of the race, that she was arraigned before the judgment seat of heaven, tried, condemned and sentenced. Marriage for her was to be a condition of bondage, maternity a period of suffering and anguish, and in silence and subjection, she was to play the role of a dependent on man’s bounty for all her material wants…”

8 Quote B “In His infinite wisdom, God has created two different, but very acceptable, roles for the sexes. Man in his role and woman in her role work together in harmony. When either man or woman steps out of the at role, it hurts the family and disrupts the harmony of society”

9 Sojourner Truth Enslaved half her life before earning her freedom.
Testified in court and before congress on behalf of African American rights. Well traveled public speaker on such topics as women’s rights and abolition.

10 Sojourner Truth quote:
Nobdy eber help me into carriages, or ober mud puddles, or gibs me any best place! A’n’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could hear me! And a’n’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – When I could get it – and bear de lash as well! And a’n’t I a women? I have borne thirteen chilern, and see ‘em mos’ all sold off into slavery, and when I cried out with my mothers grief, none but Jesus heard me! And a’n’t I a woman

11 Quote C “ Women have delicate bodies and emotions. They should not be placed under unnecessary stress or physical strain. This could overwhelm them and, ultimately, harm their ability to have children.”

12 Lucy Stone Established Woman’s suffragist organization
Urged states to protect women’s rights Founded women’s journal which chronicled women’s progress in politics, employment , and law

13 Lucy Stone Quote: ‘We want rights. The flour merchant, the house builder, and the postman charge us no less on account of our sex; but when we endeaver (try) to earn money to pay all these, then indeed we find the difference.”

14 Quote D “ The man is the wage-earner and provider for the family. A woman who works is simply bringing in extra money to the family, and thus does not need to be paid as much as a man”

15 Elizabeth Blackwell First American woman physician
Overcame scorn and discrimination throughout medical school and career He success as a doctor inspired first women’ s medical school

16 Elizabeth Blackwell quote:
“ The idea of winning a doctor’s degree gradually assumed the aspect of a great moral struggle, and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me.”

17 Quote E “ A women’s most important job is caring for her family and tending to her home. To place anything above her domestic duties – a career, personal ambition, or other interests – is irresponsible.”




21 Create a diagram which contrasts the traditional views of a woman’ s role in society with reformed viewpoints on the role of women Contrast attitudes concerning the following issues: marriage, work and career, participation in politics, pay, physical abilities, emotional stamina, duties in the home, motherhood, individualism and independence, education. On the left hand side pick at least six of the issues listed above and describe the traditional attitudes about this issue as it relates to the role of women On the right hand side, using the same six issues that you picked on the left, describe the new reform attitudes about this issue as it relates to the role of women 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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