Essay about The Women 's Rights Movement

877 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
The Women’s Rights Movement is said to have reached its peak when women were given the right to vote, but we know this is not true as women still fight for what they think is their right to abortion and equal pay. The Women’s Right Movement began at the end of the 18th Century to the beginning of the 19th century but didn’t gain moment until the 1830’s to 1840. In response to the Panic of 1837, in 1839, Mississippi was one of the first states to grant women the right to own property with one stipulation: they had to have their husband’s permission. This may have been a small step in the right direction but it still wasn’t any right that was freely a woman’s choice. Maryland followed suit in 1843 and Arkansas was next in 1846, each passing similar laws. (Speth, 2011) A large step in the right direction was taken at the Seneca Falls Convention in Seneca, New York in July 1848. This was the first large gathering of people with the sole interest in women’s rights organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. The significance of this event was the drafting of the Declaration of Sentiments that was modeled after the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence. According to the National Endowment of Humanities, the opening words of the Declaration of Sentiments stated:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the…

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