Essay about Women 's Suffrage Movement During Early American History

1146 Words Jan 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout early American history, women were depicted as simplistic creatures who were dependent on men and had no voice in society. They did not have l rights that men had such as the right to vote, being able to participate in jury duty, and the right to file a lawsuit or sign legal documents without their husband’s permission, the right to own/control their own property or being able to hold political office. The lack of these rights, especially the lack of voting rights, prompted the women’s suffrage movement. Women wanted to challenge the “proper” roles that were placed upon their gender. The traditional gender roles, at this time, were that the men were the head of the household and provided financial stability. The women were the homemakers who were seen and not heard, who cooked and cleaned, and who took care of the children. Women were ready to break away from these stereotypes that were implemented into their daily lives. The women’s suffrage movement was a movement dedicated to the right for women to vote and be elected political office. It became prominent in 1848, when the 1st women rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY and lasted until the passing of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. The Seneca Falls Convention was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who is regarded as one the early leaders of the women rights movement. At the convention Stanton “read a ‘Declaration of Sentiments,’ which in the spirit of the Declaration…

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