The Fight For Women 's Rights Essay example

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The Fight for Women’s Rights in The United States

Inspiration for the fight for women’s right sprouted from the fertile soil of the abolition movement. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, both abolitionists, attended the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London and found that as women they were barred from the convention floor. The two women thought it outrageous and ironic, because as they were fighting for the equality of African Americans it became clear that women also suffered under the hand of white men. This was the birth of a seventy-two year long struggle to secure women’s rights in the United States. Upon returning home after the Convention, Stanton and Mott began organizing the first women’s conference to be held in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Stanton, who for the time was unusual in that she received a co-ed education at Johnstown Academy and then went on to enroll in the Troy Female Academy (Ockerbloom, 1992). Her father was a prominent Federalist attorney, Daniel Cady, therefore Stanton was exposed at an early age to the inner workings and injustices in the legal system. Elizabeth Cady married Henry Stanton, journalist and abolitionists, in 1840. In 1847 they moved from Boston to Seneca Falls, Stanton isolated from friends, became an authority figure and guiding light to an Irish community, where she saw firsthand the suffering of poor women, bearing child after child, being beaten by their husbands, and scrambling for money…

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