Women's Role in Society

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Women's Role in Society

Women's Role in Society

Women had very few rights. Men were the head of the house and the only source of income for the family. However, during the 1800s, women started to fight for more rights. They started protests and reform movements. Women could not vote, sit on jury, own properity, earn their own salary, had no legal protection from abuse, and were often not the guardians of their own children. They wanted full citizenship, voting rights and parental and custody rights. They also wanted equal education for girls. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were key leaders in the reform movement.

Mary Collier Pritchett

Elizabeth Cady Stanton


In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the Seneca Falls Conference in New York. This was America's first women's rights convention. They adopted a declaration of women's independence. This was the beginning of organized efforts by women in the United States to gain equal rights.


How did women's roles in society impact economic, social and geography in the United States after Reconstruction?

Women started to be able to have jobs and earn money as well as her husband. They were often teachers, nurses, secretaries, and seamstresses. The Civil War greatly contribited to the evolution of women's roles. Women had to do jobs that men would usually do while their husbands were away fighting. New schools were also added for girls and colleges allowed women to take advanced classes.

Sources:1.)"Womens Role In Society In The 1800s History Essay." UKEssays. Web. 6 Nov. 2015.2.)Mrs.Cambell's notes


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