Women's Suffrage Women's suffrage was the women's attempt to gain equal rights as men, their uprising began in the mid 1800's by a few women who were feed up by the way men were treating them. Their persistence helped to gain a lot of rights that women deserved and still have to this day.
The most influential women of this time were Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, and many other powerful women of that time These women would do everything that they possibly could to gain rights for women which they felt they rightfully deserved. these women would stop at no cost and held back nothing from the people just so they could get their points and views across. The first sign of women's suffrage was when an author by the name of Mary Wollstonecraft wrote that she wanted to fight and argue for equality for both of the sexes in her book The Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792.
Many of the women who were fighting for these rights were from the northeast where the pressures on women were much stronger and where women had less freedom than tose living in other parts of the country.
After sometime in America women were noticeably coming up in life even though they had not necessarily gained any rights in the way of voting and having much of a say. In 1821 a women by the name of Emma Willard founded the Troy Female Seminary which was the first school that was dedicated to teach girls classical and scientific studies on that of a collegiate status. And in 1828 an Englishwoman by the name of Frances Wright was the first women to ever be allowed to publicly speak to an audience of men and women, although this may not seem like a lot it was a major step in gaining rights for women anywhere.
Many other advances were made for women that included founding of schools designed specifically for women or for the propose of integrating men and into one environment. In 1840 in London, England the World's Anti-Slavery Convention was held and women were not allowed to join in, this infuriated two women's activists: Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, when they got home they decided that they wanted to host a women's rights convention. Many literary works were published pertaining to women's right and feminist feelings, a lot of women during this time period became angry and hostile to men because they felt as if they were being unjustly treated.
Finally in 1848 the first women's right convention was held more than eight years after they denied access to a meeting in England. Their meeting is so successful that they push the New York State legislature to pass a law that gives women a right to keep their property that they had before they became married. This convention marked a new era for women and everything that they stood for, they would no longer sit back and take what was given to them, they demanded exactly what they felt they deserved and they deserved everything that they asked for and maybe more. The term "bloomers" originated during this time period with Amelia Bloomer giving a description of a comfortable, loose-fitting costume consisting of a short skirt worn over pantaloons, hence the word bloomers. Once these women set out on a mission they did not stop for anyone and kept running like a car with no brakes, Elizabeth Cady Stanton chewed away at topics until she felt like they were just right and could satisfy every women alive.
Mott, Anthony, Stanton and other used their power everywhere, they took their power straight to Washington and gathered a petition to end all slavery. In 1866 Stanton ran for public office but only received 24 out of 12,000 votes, however she still proved that women could now run for public office. Many states in the west granted women's suffrage but not in the much need northeastern part of the country. However in 1880 New York finally grants suffrage to women, the same year Lucrieta Mott dies.
Women fought tooth and nail to get rights for women and it all finally paid off when they were granted the right to vote in 1920. Even though they have gained a lot of respect they still have a long way to go in gaining all the rights the deserved since the beginning of time.