Sojourner Truth Dbq

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“I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that?” said Sojourner Truth a spellbinding speaker. Sojourner Truth absolutely despised the idea that women were inferior to me by nature. On the contrary, most men considered it morally wrong for a woman to speak in public. The position of American women in the early 1800s was legally and socially inferior to men. Women could not vote and, if married, could not own property or retain their own earnings. The reform movements of the 1830s, specifically abolition gave women a chance to get involved in the public arena. Women reformers soon began to agitate not just for abolition, but also…show more content…
The women began demanding rights such as political rights, especially the right to vote in. Additionally, Stanton and Mott astounded Americans and Europeans alike when they organized the Seneca Falls Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. There, women leaders heard Stanton's Declaration of Sentiments, in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, declaring that women were equal to men in every way. The Declaration and other reformist strategies, however, effected little change. While some states passed Married Women’s Property Acts to allow married women to retain their property, women would have to wait until 1920 to gain the right to vote. In addition, American women gained their first opportunities for higher education during this period. In 1837, feminist Mary Lyon established Mount Holyoke Seminary, the first college for women. However not many women actually got a quality education, but they learned dancing and drawing rather than man subjects like math or science. Men also believed that women did not need an education because their job was to care for their
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