Today, you see women working in large businesses and think nothing of it. Before women had the rights they do today, you wouldn’t see them in large jobs, on television, in movies, or selling and buying property. Women have the rights that they do because of the hard work of many important women, Women’s Rights Conventions, the 19th Amendment, and many other important processes that worked toward women having the same rights as men.
Maybe the most popular women’s rights activist is Susan B. Anthony. She was born on February 15, 1820 and raised in a Quaker household. She then went on to work as a teacher before becoming a leading figure in the abolitionist and women's voting rights movement. She worked with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and would eventually lead the National American Woman Suffrage Association. A dedicated writer and lecturer, Anthony died on March 13, 1906. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York. She was an abolitionist and leading figure of the early woman's movement. An eloquent writer, her Declaration of Sentiments was a revolutionary call for women's rights across a variety of spectrums. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the president of the National Woman Suffrage Association for 20 years and worked closely with Susan B. Anthony.
By the 1950’s, women had gained some rights, but had a long way to go before they had the same rights as they do today. Working women were rarely seen in 1950’s film and television. Professional jobs were still largely closed off to women. The average woman only made 60 percent of what men did. In some states, women could not make contracts. They also could not sell or buy property for themselves. For married couples, rape did not exist and there were not many effective forms of birth control. For these reasons, women were legally obligated to have children if her husband wanted them. More significantly, feminist political organizations arose that developed into a full feminist movement by the 1970s. These included the National Organization for Women formed in 1966 under the leadership of Betty Friedan. The National Women’s Political Caucus, made up of nationally famous feminists such as Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, and Shirley Chisholm; the Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Council; and the Coalition of Labor Union Women.
The Women’s Rights Convention was the first major step to equal rights for women. The first Women’s Rights Convention was held at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York on July 19-20, 1848. An estimated three hundred women and men attended the Convention including Lucretia Mott and Fredrick Douglass. At the end of the convention, 100 people signed the...