The Women's Rights Movement of the 1800's Essays

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The Women's Rights Movement of the 1800s For many years, women have not experienced the same freedoms as men. Being a woman, I am extremely grateful to those women who, many years ago, fought against social standards that were so constricting to women. Today, women can vote, own property instead of being property, live anywhere and have any career which she may choose.
One of the biggest reasons I have for choosing this topic was to find out what these women did to make a difference, not only in their lives, but in the lives of so many future generations. How does one group of disrespected, non-voting, non-working women, gain the attention of the rest of the world? They changed history for themselves and the rest of the nation. What I
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A partial text of the Seneca Falls Declaration Sentiments and Resolutions from July 19, 1948:3
2 Woloch, Nancy. WOMEN AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. New York: Knopf, 1984.
3 Stephenson, June. WOMEN'S ROOTS. Napa, CA: Diemer Smith Publishing Co., 1988. We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal,...
The history of mankind on the part of man towards woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has never permitted her to exercise her inalienable right to the elective franchise
(vote),
He has compelled her to submit to laws in the formation of which she has no voice. He has with held from her rights which are given to the most ignorant and degraded men-both natives and foreigners.
Having deprived her of this first right of a citizen, the elected franchise, thereby leaving her without representation in the halls of legislation, he has oppressed her on both sides.
He has made her, if married, in the eyes of the law, civilly dead.
He has taken from her all rights in property, even to the wages she earns...
He has monopolized nearly all the profitable employment and from those she is permitted to follow, she receives but a scanty remuneration. He closes against her all the avenues to wealth and distinction which he considers most honorable to himself. As a teacher of theology, medicine, or law,

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