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Women’s Movement: 1780’s – National History Standards – U.S. History, Era 7 - The Emergence of Modern America ( ); Standard 3A (“The student understands social tensions and their consequences in the post (World War I) war era”.), grades 9 – 12 (“Analyze how the emergence of the “New Woman” challenged Victorian values.”) and Era 7, Standard 1C (“The student understands the limitations of Progressivism and the alternatives offered by various groups.”), grades 9 – 12 (“Specify the issues raised by various women and how mainstream Progressives responded to them. “). Mr. Stickler’s Social Studies Class Background: Signing the 19th Amendment in 1920.

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OBJECTIVES: When this presentation is done, you will be able to . . . Explain why the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 was important. Identify three women who were important to the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Give one (1) fact about each of them. Summarize the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution in your own words.

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I. Women’s Rights, 1780’s = A. United States Constitution written. B. Only white men may vote. C. Women had no property rights. D. Women also could not be educated for certain jobs.

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Women’s Rights, 1800’s People began thinking women should be able to vote, too. 1848 – Women organized a convention in New York. Called the “Seneca Falls Convention”. Background: Women protesting President Wilson’s reluctance to sign Women’s Suffrage legislation. He was involved in post – World War I diplomacy issues instead. Photo url: Vocab to Know! “Suffrage” = The right to vote.

5 Women’s Suffrage Parade in New York City

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D. It took 80 years before women would get the right to vote! E. Many generations of women (and some men) worked to make this happen NEXT! Important people from the suffrage movement: Background: Louisa Anne Swain – the first woman to vote in an election in America. Cast her vote in Wyoming in (Wyoming was not yet part of the United States, which is how she was able to vote.) She was 70 years old when she cast this vote.

7 I. Susan B. Anthony Born February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts.
Raised in a Quaker family. Quakers long activist traditions. Developed a strong sense of justice because of this!

8 II. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women’s Suffrage Movement II. Elizabeth Cady Stanton Met Susan B. Anthony in 1851. They worked together for the next fifty years! Stanton wrote and gave speeches. Wanted improvement of legal and traditional rights for women.

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III. Lucretia Mott Helped organize and call together the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention. Was a strong supporter of education. Lucretia Mott Schools – One opened in Indianapolis, Indiana. Background image: 3 cent stamp from 1948 celebrating 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement. Photo url: From left: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Catt (Lucretia Mott is under her own photo on the slide.)

10 Lucretia Mott “Open Air School”, Indianapolis, Indiana -
Photo is from the 1910’s. Kept windows open year round to give students “fresh air” and prevent Tuberculosis. Believed good for their health. Students also went outdoor a lot for exercise. Background: Photo of Lucretia Mott School 29, Indianapolis, Indiana taken in August, (The school was having some renovations to the front door and entryway.) Photo url: Students wearing coats – cold in class!!

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IV. Sojourner Truth Famous for her work as an “abolitionist” (people who opposed slavery). Truth started speaking about women's rights after attending a Women's Rights Convention in 1850. Background: Promotional poster for Sojourner Truth’s 1851 Speech at the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio (1851). At that convention she gave her famous “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech. Photo url:

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V. Anna Howard Shaw A doctor as well as the first woman Methodist Minister. Met Susan B. Anthony in 1888. Began working for women’s rights. Was the president of the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA) for 11 years.

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VI. Carrie Chapman Catt Was president of the NAWSA when the 19th amendment (giving women the right to vote) was passed in 1920.

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VII. Esther Morris The first woman to hold public office in the United States. She was a judge in the Wyoming Territory.

15 One thing that had to be done, was to let the people of each state vote on the idea.

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Tennessee - 36th state to approve the law. This gave the amendment the majority it needed to become a law. Finally, after years of hard work, the 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution of the United States (August, 1920)!

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Amendment XIX: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

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