During the 19th century, a reform movement towards suffrage. Women wanted to be counted as an equal with men. They wanted the right to vote. Though the suffrage bill wasn't passed until 1920, when they were able to vote.
There were many groups, which were mostly all men, who had opposed to woman's suffrage.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton(1815 - 1902)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a social activist,feminist, editor, and writer. Born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York. She was also a leading figure of the woman's rights convention. After returning to the United States from London's World's Anti-Slavery Convention. After arriving, Stanton and Lucretia Mott as well as other women, held the Seneca Falls Convention in July 1848 She was the author of the Declaration of Sentiments; which is similar to the Declaration of Independence, but it was towards the men instead of the King. The Declaration had also declared that men and women are created equal. Stanton continued to write and lecture on woman's rights.
During the Civil War, Stanton concentrated her efforts on abolishing slavery, but afterwards she became more concentrated on the woman's suffrage. In 1826, she worked with Susan B. Anthony on the Revolution, a weekly newspaper. they then formed a National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal."
-Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)
Susan B. Anthony was an American civil rights leader. She fought for woman's rights especially for their right to vote, throughout her life. She gave 75 to 100 speeches per year on woman's right, for 45 years. After the first woman's rights convention, Susan took the opportunity to attend the woman's right convention at Syracuse, New York. Both Susan and Elizabeth had worked on the weekly newspaper, Revolution.
"I beg you to speak of Woman as you do of the Negro, speak of her as a human being, as a citizen of the United States, as a half of the people in whose hands lies the destiny of this Nation. "
-Susan B. Anthony
Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850)
Margaret Fuller was a feminist, writer, literary critic, and a woman's right activist. Fuller was an advocate for woman's right, but to be more precise, in particular, woman's education and the right to employment. She had also encouraged many reforms in society, such as the reform of prisons. She taught in Boston from 1836-1837, then at a school in Providence, Rhode Island.
Margaret conducted the famous "Conversations"; discussion groups that had attracted many people from all around Boston from 1940-1844.
"It should be remarked that, as the principle of liberty is better understood, and more nobly interpreted, a broader protest is made in behalf of women. As men become aware that few have had a fair chance, they are inclined to say that no women have had a fair chance."
Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)
Lucretia Mott was a woman's right activist, abolitionist, social reformer, and a Quaker minister. Mott spoke at the International Anti-Slavery Convention, she wasn't formally seated because she was a woman. Though she was given a throne-like chair from which she could properly view all the proceedings. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, though was unable to see Mott speak. Since other women had to sit behind curtains.
" The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation, because in the degradation of women, the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source."