Womens Rights in the 19th Century

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In early colonial times, the women of America lived in an era of gender inequality. They had very limited freedom; from not being able to vote, sue, testify in court, to not being able to be granted legal custody after a divorce, and so forth. Women were the targets of sexual discrimination. Women were highly disregarded in occupations, as well as in education. They weren’t allowed to enter many professions, from law to medical; or study in the prestigious schools of the males. During this time period, women were required to be the housekeepers and caretakers of the family. While the husbands were out working, the middle-class to high-class wives would perform household chores and take care of the children. The lower class women would often work outside of the house, but out in the world of discrimination, in mills and factories as underpaid laborers and servants. Women’s rights wasn’t an issue that was profoundly acknowledged until the late 18th, early 19th century. Early feminists emerged from the abolition movement. The issue was brought out while being compared to the situation of African Americans. These foremothers argued that men were to blame for women’s suffrage, and the reason there were so many restrictions on their rights was because of the men. They came to the conclusion that the relationship between the sexes was unjust, controlling and discriminatory. These early feminists were dominantly Christian, and primarily Quakers. Quaker men treated women differently from the rest of America (and the World). They treated them equally, which was considered very unusual for this time period. But, were also often discriminated for their neutral ways. The most notable of the first feminists was Lucretia Mott… Lucretia Mott was born on January 3rd, 1793. She is known for being the first American feminist and the official initiator of the
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