The Development of Feminism in the 1800's

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Throughout the history of the world women have often been subjected to fewer rights and to a lower social class than that of men. In most societies the traditional role of the woman was the role of wife, mother, and caretaker. Women endured this type of prejudiced behavior since the dawn of time until the first women’s movements began to develop during the 1800’s in the United States and Europe. These women’s movements are often referred to as feminist movements or feminism. The development of feminism in the 1800’s was a very crucial part of history because women began the long road of gaining women’s rights with the Seneca Falls Convention, the founding of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and the first National Women’s…show more content…
Susan Brownell Anthony, often referred to as Susan B. Anthony, she is known as being a “pioneer crusader for the woman suffrage movement in the United States” (History.com Staff). Susan came from a very politically active family. Her family played a role in both the abolitionist movement and the temperance movement. In fact, Susan became interested in fighting for women’s rights while in attendance of a temperance convention. Susan was denied the chance to speak at the convention due to the fact that she was a woman, and women were not allowed to speak at such conventions. That moment made her later realize that women would never be able to be taken seriously in politics until they had the right to vote (Sochen). After coming to this realization, Susan B. Anthony dedicated the rest of her life to fighting for the rights of women, especially the right to vote. Susan met and became close to a fellow activist by the name of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Together Susan and Elizabeth founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, created The Revolution a weekly publication that lobbied for women’s rights, and edited a series of volumes of History of Woman Suffrage together. The dynamic duo worked hard side by side delivering speeches across the country urging others to support women’s right to vote, but Susan began to grow restless and decided to take matters into her own hands. During the presidential election of 1872 Anthony illegally voted
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