Women have had to fight all their lives to have equal rights. As a woman I find it very interesting on how the women have fought to be equal. We have gone from being completely right less, to having some rights, to finally gaining all rights. This shows that with hard work and dedication you can succeed at anything.
Women had little to no rights in the nineteenth century. A woman was frowned upon when she chose to get a divorce she was not allowed custody of her children after a divorce because she was thought not to be able to care for them. A woman wasn’t allowed control of her own wages if married, and wasn’t allowed choice over any property that she owned.
Abigail Adams was one of the first high powered women who fought for equality. She told her husband, John Addams, president at time, to remember the ladies when he was preparing for a discussion with congress. He took this as a laughing matter and didn’t even bring up the topic with them. We later found out that many women agreed with Abigail and even some men did. They thought that women were educated and literate so why not trust them to. Women had to obey the laws that the men did and thought that they should be given the right to vote to.
Sarah and Angelina Grimke were all for the equal rights. Sarah and her husband wrote a book called,”American Slavery as It Is”. They were abolitionists who wrote the book to convert as many readers. They thought that every man and woman was created equal and should be treated equally. Ministers sneered at the couple for daring to speak to a mixed audience of men and women. They thought that such work was only for men.
Theodore, Sarah’s husband, said that, “men and women were created equal, if it were moral and right for a man to preach against slavery it was equally moral and right for a woman to do so too”, and that the “U.S Government claimed to derive its power from the consent of the governed, women had just as much right as men to vote”.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott once traveled to an Anti-Slavery Convention and were furious when they heard that they couldn’t enter, that women weren’t allowed. They finally convinced the guard to let them in they were told that they had to be seated in a corner separated by a curtain from the men. This drove them to organize the Seneca Falls Convention. This was the first national meeting on women’s rights ever held in the U.S. Over 300 people went to see many people deliver their speeches. But one stood out, it was the Declaration of Sentiments:
“We hold these truths to me self evident that all men and women
are created equal that they are endowed by their creator with certain
inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness… the history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and
usurpations on the part of man toward woman having as a direct object
the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. To prove this, let facts
be submitted to a...