First Wave Of Feminism Essay

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The First Wave of Feminism With the end of the industrial revolution, women were starting to be recognized as equal in society. However, laws had still discriminated against them and place them in inferior positions as men. In an Anti-Slavery convention of 1840, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (an anti-slavery activist) and Lucretia Mott (a Quaker preacher and reform veteran) were both denied seats on the conference because they were women. They soon got to know each other and discuss the issues of women. From there Stanton and Mott decided to call for a convention that would discuss the issue of women’s rights.
Eight years later the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention took place. This event was the trigger of the first wave of feminism. This two
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Laws that conflicted with women’s true and substantial happiness are not valid
2. Women are equal to men – as intend by God
3. A man is to encourage a woman to speak and teach in all religious assemblies
4. That virtue, delicacy, and refinement of behavior for women be the same as men.
5. That the objection of indelicacy and impropriety of women’s rights would be intolerable
6. That women have been discriminated against for too long and that women should fight for their
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Women’s Suffrage meant the right for women to vote and maintain an electoral office. Very few western states had allowed women to vote in order to gain female settlers and different countries had also rarely allowed women to vote in politics. The ancient Greeks, who invented democracy, did not allow women to vote, and only a limited number of men could vote, free citizens. Slaves and freedmen could not vote either. Aristotle thought that slaves and women were naturally inferior and fit only to be ruled by men (BBC). In the 19th through 20th century Suffragist publicly protested and debated with men and women who believed that women did not have a place in politics. In 1917 the Woman’s National Party (WNP) used picket signs to protest against woman’s inability to vote in front of the White House. Since this happen during World War 3 the protestors were ignored, soon after even more attempts the WNP were arrested and put in to prison. This led to a public outrage as more WNP members were placed in jail so they decided to protest even more; many WNP members went on a hunger strikes refusing to eat and were subjected to being force fed (Sewall-Belmont 2015). After Congress and the White House had faced allegations from the imprisoned WNP members and non-stop protest from more WNP members, the

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