Period 1

The Problem(s) Women were expected to uphold certain values like stability and morality.There was an ideal women that all women were supposed to be like; purity, domesticity, piety and submissiveness. Women couldn't earn academic degrees. Women had no custody of children after a divorce. Women had to give everything they earned to men. Women couldn't vote. All of a womens property belonged to her husband. They could not sue or make contracts.

The Solution(s)

  • In 1890 two groups of suffregists combined to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association, or the NAWSA
  • Women marched in protests for their rights
  • Carrie Chapman Cat was the president of NAWSA, and she reached out to people to help the womens cause.
  • NWP members were unfairly arrested for protesting near the White House, which helped to bring the public, and more importantly, the president over to their side.
  • Women fought for their right to be educated
  • The 19th amendment was passed, which gave women the right to vote

The Images

These are women marching for suffrage, or the right to vote

external image 293709w.jpg This is the program for a march on Washington

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The Primary Sources

"He has never permitted her to exercise her inalienable right to the elective franchise. He has compelled her to submit to law in the formation of which she had no voice. He has withheld from her rights which are given to the most ignorant and degraded men, both natives and foreigners. Having deprived her of this first right as a citizen, the elective franchise, thereby leaving her without representation in the halls of legislation, he has oppressed her on all sides. He has made her, if married, in the eye of the law, civilly dead. He has taken from her all right in property, even to the wages she earns. "-Declaration of sentiments

"Observing woman's agency, devotion and efficiency in pleading the cause of the slave, gratitude for this high service early moved me to give favorable attention to the subject of what is called "woman's rights" and caused me to be denominated a woman's rights man. I am glad to say I have never been ashamed to be thus designated". -Frederick Douglass

"It would be ridiculous to talk of male and female atmospheres, male and female springs or rains, male and female sunshine.... how much more ridiculous is it in relation to mind, to soul, to thought, where there is as undeniably no such thing as sex, to talk of male and female education and of male and female schools." -Susan B. Anthony

The Citations