Status of women
– Second class citizens, cannot vote, can’t divorce or testify against men, defined/treated
as second class citizens, involved with starting this country, took care of the home, but despite these they are
denied rights etc.
Textile workers –
fashions garmets/clothing, women make up 80-90% of the workforce.
Women are becoming a HUGE WAGE EARNING LABOR FORCE. New generation of
women become POLITICAL,
Temperance Movement –
ATTACK ALCOHOL, led mainly by women going
after alcohol and specifically attacking alcoholism. Many women believe the country is
dependent on alcohol. There are no laws of ages etc on drinking. Everyone is drinking.
Alcoholism is rampant. VIOLENCE is at an all time high especially DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
against WOMEN and CHILDREN. People begin to organize, and the goal is to
BAN/LIMIT/OUTLAW making, selling, and distributing alcohol. Want to stop alcoholism.
MEN HATE THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT. Public movement, calling men out, men
don’t like it – “How dare a woman question me?” It was dangerous to be a apart of this
Advanced Schools –
women cannot attend schools, segregation, etc. Women go
ahead and start the Advanced Schools. Emma Willard started these and wanted to teach women.
Teach math, English, nursing, medicine, goal of advanced schools is to train women to become
more than just a mother and a wife. Middle and high school level women. To become
Mental Health Clinics –
asylums, mental/physical deformities, receive proper
assistance. Dorthea Dix is responsible for cleaning up mental health asylum clinics, staff
weren’t properly trained, guards were abusive, positive and aggressive assistance to mental
Political Issues –
Women begin to engage in politics. Issue of SLAVERY.
Whether or not slavery should be abolished. Polarized country. Women would side, step back