Week 4 - Midterm Project - Antebellum Reform Movement.pptx - WOMEN’S RIGHTS MOVEMENT Emma Stephens American Public University HIST213 Women’s Rights

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WOMEN’S RIGHTS MOVEMENT Emma Stephens American Public University HIST213
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Women’s Rights Movement: Overview The women’s rights movement was the fight for women to achieve the right to vote. It took women’s rights activists almost 100 years to win their fight (History.com Editors, 2009). Thanks to many strong women reformers who organized conventions and publicly voiced their opinions, women gained new rights and freedoms, creating a new society where men and women would be treated as equals.
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Causes Though women had entered the workforce during and after the Civil War, they still had a difficult time breaking free from the gender roles and expectations of women during this time. Women were still expected to work domestically - cooking, cleaning, and caring for children. Women realized they deserved more independence and freedoms, and had the potential to work outside of the home, just as men do. At their jobs, women were working long hours under harsh conditions, while making significantly less than men who were working the same jobs. Women wanted to pass reform legislation to see changes, but realized they needed to win the right to vote in order to achieve reform. Along with the right to vote, women fought for property rights for married women, equality for women in the legal system, and improved access to education (Office of the Historian, 2007).
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Goals and Objectives Women’s rights activists were determined to pass a constitutional amendment to enfranchise women (National Women’s History Museum, n.d.).
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