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Women's Rights Essay
Below is a free essay on "Women's Rights" from Anti Essays, your source for free research papers, essays, and term paper examples. Throughout history, women have been positioned behind men as companions and supporters. Women were to be the property of the men they married and the bearer of their children. Women were viewed as socially and politically inferior and unable to function at the same level as a man; however, with the rise of the civil rights movement, feminists began to mark their place in the political arena. They strived for the addition of an amendment prohibiting and eliminating sex discrimination in employment. Stated in a letter written in 1880 by Mrs. H. Griswold to Susan B. Anthony: "Words fail to convey the bitter hatred I have for the foul demagogues [an orator or political leader who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people] who would take from me the freedom they claim for themselves." Active struggles for women’s basic autonomous rights appeared in many countries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Though these movements differed in their reasons and tactics, the fight for female suffrage, along with other women’s rights concerns, cut across many states in the U.S. The life for women in the early 1800’s was one of many obligations and few choices. After marriage, a woman’s husband had the rights to anything and everything she owned, including her body. Women were not allowed to divorce, even if their husband was cruel to her, until 1891. In the late 20th century, women obtained the right to omit the promise of obeying her husband from her wedding vows. Working conditions for women weren't great either. Most women received dirty, torn clothing to work in and their job choices were limited to domestic service, agricultural laborers, seamstress, washer women, and serving the wealthy residents. The first women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York, 1848. The convention took place on July 19th and 20th at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Seneca Falls. It was publicized only by a small, unsigned...

Women's Suffrage

The women's suffrage movement began in 1848 when a group of women met in Seneca Falls New York. These women issued what became known as the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolution s, and 11 pt. document outlining the demand for equal rights. Al of the articles of the Declaration passed except for the right to vote. It was widely believed at that time, that women were both physically and mentally inferior to men, and therefore should not have the right to vote. The Seneca Falls convention was organized by a group of women who had been active in the antislavery movement. When they were rejected as delegates to an abolitionist convention because of their sex, they vowed to turn their attention to women's rights. This convention attracted lots of attention from the press, mostly negative. One of the organizers, Elizabeth cady Stanton, welcomed even the negative attention. She said "It might start women thinking; and men to; when men and women think about a new question they the first step is taken. Because of their involvement in the abolitionist movement, women had learned to organize, to hold public meetings, and conduct petition campaigns. As abolitionists, women first won the right to speak in public, and they began to evolve a philosophy of their own place in society. When the 15th amendment, which gave black men the power to vote, was passed women became furious. Julia Ward Howe said "For the first time, we saw... every Negro man govern every white woman. This seemed to me intollerable tyranny."

After the fifteenth amendment was passed, the women's suffrage movement turned its attention towards gaining the right to vote state by state. Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the movement, met a wealthy businessman named George Francis...
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