Women's Role In The Nineteenth-Century

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Women played a very significant part in the United States in the nineteenth-century. During this time the industrial economy was growing throughout America, mainly in the New England region. Many of the young men traveled westward to have better profitable opportunities. Therefore factory owners had to allocate a new source of labor, which they found in unmarried women between fifteen and thirty years old. The women were treated very badly and were paid very poorly. In the nineteenth-century women’s roles were claimed to be “civilly dead”, however significant leaders like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Catharine Beecher fought for their femininity and gradually won their rights for half the population, showing how important women truly are.…show more content…
She the sites facts: he has compelled her to submit to laws, in the formation of which she has no voice, he has made here, if married, in the eye of the law, civilly dead, and he has denied her the facilities for obtaining a thorough education, all colleges being closed to her. (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments 1848). In Stanton’s inscription she lists many other facts as well, however they all have one point in common: men have taken away the right for women to do things they desire. The women had no say and had to follow all of the rules that were enforced by men. It illustrated how men had taken away the right for women to earn money from working, and men had also taken away the opportunity for women to get an education if they desired. This is what Stanton was fighting for, the right for a women’s freewill. If all men and women are created equal women should be able to attain anything a man can such as earn money and get an education. The final view on women’s rights in the nineteenth century is calmer than the previous two. Whereas the first two authors both preach for equal women’s rights and for better treatment for women this author, Catharine Beecher, is more discreet about woman’s rights. According to Beecher, women should have equal privileges as men in social and civil concerns, but in order to keep these privileges women stay stagnant and hand over the civil and political decisions to men. She suggests this because women throughout their life are taught
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