Cult of True Womanhood: Women's Suffrage

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In the 1840’s, most of American women were beginning to become agitated by the morals and values that were expected of womanhood. “Historians have named this the ’Cult of True Womanhood’: that is, the idea that the only ‘true’ woman was a pious, submissive wife and mother concerned exclusively with home and family” (History.com). Voting was only the right of men, but women were on the brink to let their voices be heard. Women pioneers such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott wrote eleven resolutions in The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments; this historical document demanded abolishment of any laws that authorized unequal treatment of women and to allow for passage of a suffrage amendment. More than three hundred…show more content…
This document became a huge first step forward towards women’s suffrage. Unfortunately, this victory was short-lived due to the newspapers printing derision articles about the convention and tarnishing their exposure of equality. A few days after the convention participates requested to have their signatures removed, due to ridicule from the newspapers. The papers were malicious, predominantly on the subject of female voting. The Philadelphia’s Public Ledger bluntly stated that no woman would want to vote, “A woman is nobody. A wife is everything. The ladies of Philadelphia, are resolved to maintain their rights as Wives, Belles, Virgins and Mothers” (Rynder). The road to equal rights for women were proving to be difficult in a man’s world. “Our friends gave us the cold shoulder, and felt themselves disgraced by the whole proceeding, complained Stanton” (Rynder). Refusing to give up, Stanton wrote to every newspaper article in the country to rebuttal against any negative comments that were published about the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments. In the hope that, “It will start women thinking, and men, too” stated Stanton (Rynder). Furthermore, Stanton’s aggressive approach helped spread the word about the Seneca Falls

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