I Now Pronounce You: Lucy Stone
Backdrop to a drama "In the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.
Treated as chattel in patriarchal societies from time immemorial, women nonetheless helped well beyond childbearing and menial labor to make those cultures flourish.
They often exerted unofficial influence over their menfolk and occasionally were monarchs. In emerging democracies, women had no voting rights, but many in congenial circumstances enjoyed social and family connections that accorded them more influence than some men who had the franchise.
In America, women worked shoulder to shoulder with men to build the country. Many were influential, such as Lady Deborah Moody a respected community leader who brought settlers seeking religious freedom to Gravesend at New Amsterdam later New York ; Pocahontaswho purportedly saved the life of Captain John Smith at the hands of her father, Chief Powhatanlater married John Rolfe and met royalty in England; and Abigail Adamswho wrote lucidly about her life and time in letters, and exerted political influence over her president husband, John, and son, John Quincy.
The New Jersey Constitution accorded the vote to women, but in it was rescinded. Conditions in the s provoked women to press for suffrage; they were increasingly in the factory labor force, but were not treated equally.
Suffragists were usually advocates of such change.
In return, they were accorded more of a voice in public matters. Stanton said later, "We resolved to hold a convention as soon as we returned home, and form a society to advocate the rights of women. That declaration spread the fire of a revolution that would reach every facet of society.
With reason, women regarded themselves as second-class citizens; in addition to not having the vote, they had few property rights, faced educational and employment barriers, and had no legal protection in divorce and child custody cases.
Although most men were deeply opposed to letting women vote, a few reformers, notably in Massachusetts, supported women on this issue.
Inthe Massachusetts legislature received a petitiondrafted by a group that included Wendell Phillips and William Lloyd Garrisonwhich began: We deem the extension to woman of all civil rights a measure of vital importance to the welfare and progress of the state.
On every principle of natural justice, as well as by the nature of our institutions, she is as fully entitled as man to vote and to be eligible to office.
In governments based on force, it might be pretended with some plausibility that woman being supposed physically weaker than man should be excluded from the state. But ours is a government professedly resting on the consent of the governed.
Woman is surely as competent to give that consent as man. A similar, but more moderate organization, the American Woman Suffrage Association, approached the state legislatures, rather than the federal government, to win women the vote. By the s, several states had granted suffrage.
Byit had passed both houses of Congress and was soon ratified by the necessary 36 states. The 19th Amendmentalso called the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, became law in August Which two women were associated with the National Woman’s Suffrage Association?
Ida B. Wells & Lucy Stone Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton Alice Paul & Elizabeth Cady Stanton Alice Paul & Ida B. Wells/5(10). Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a true leader of the woman suffrage movement, serving as the president of the National Woman Suffrage Association for twenty years and the as first president of the National American Woman Suffrage caninariojana.comon: South Whiting Street Alexandria, VA, United States.
The National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Collection is a library of nearly books and pamphlets documenting the suffrage campaign that were collected between and by members of NAWSA and donated to the Rare Books Division of the Library of Congress on November 1, Information and Articles About Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a Women’s Rights advocate, and one of the prominent women of the Civil War, and a famous woman in history Elizabeth Cady Stanton Facts Born Elizabeth Cady, November 12, , Johnstown, New York Spouse Henry Brewster Stanton Died October 26, , New York City, .
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