Women's Suffrage.

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The women's suffrage movement began in 1848 when a group of women met in

Seneca Falls New York. These women issued what became known as the Declaration

of Sentiments and Resolutions, an 11 pt. document outlining the demand for

equal rights. All of the articles of the Declaration passed except for the right

to vote. It was widely believed at that time, that women were both physically

and mentally inferior to men, and therefore should not have the right to vote.

The Seneca Falls convention was organized by a group of women who had been

active in the antislavery movement. When they were rejected as delegates to an

abolitionist convention because of their sex, they vowed to turn their attention

to women's rights. This convention attracted lots of attention from the press,

mostly negative. One of the organizers, Elizabeth cady Stanton, welcomed even

the negative attention. She said "It might start women thinking; and men to;

when men and women think about a new question they the first step is taken.

Because of their involvement in the abolitionist movement, women had

learned to organize, to hold public meetings, and conduct petition campaigns.

As abolitionists, women first won the right to speak in public, and they began

to evolve a philosophy of their own place in society. When the 15th amendment,

which gave black men the power to vote, was passed women became furious. Julia

Ward Howe said "For the first time, we saw... every Negro man govern every white

woman. This seemed to me intollerable tyranny."

After the fifteenth amendment was passed, the women's suffrage movement

turned its attention towards gaining the right to vote state by state. Susan B.

Anthony, a leader in the movement, met a wealthy businessman named George

Francis Train while campaigning in Kansas. He offered...