How did the role of women change in the mid-1800s, and in what ways did it not change?

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2. How did the role of women change in the mid-1800s, and in what ways did it not change?

3. Create a cause and effect chart on the Seneca Falls Convention

4. Refer to the timeline at the start of the section. Which publication shown on the timeline dealt with women’s private contributions to American Society? Describe the message of that publication.

5. Compare Catharine Beecher’s views on women and reform with those of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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  1. How did the role of women change in the mid-1800s, and in what ways did it not change?
    By the mid-1800s, many women for the first time had the right and opportunity to gain a formal and standardized education. This meant that many women in the US had access and exposure to many new ideas and events that they had no access to previously. This led to a rise in the role of women within society, although this was largely met by strong opposition by politicians and conservative men within government. Many movements were established in order to improve the rights of women both within the home and workforce along with the central aim of universal suffrage for all women. Issues such as domestic abuse were also discussed, and laws regulating violence against women were based in order to reduce the cases of rampant domestic abuse within America. Improvements in education were also made, along with women gaining the right to keep their wages from work rather than having to give them to their husband. Improvements were also made in regards to property ownership and other legal rights, but overall not a considerable amount of progress was made. Women were denied the right to vote until the 1920s, and in many cases inequality still remained the norm within American society. Women were still seen as belonging in the home as loyal wives, with the idea of them being allowed to work or gaining the right to vote being unthinkable to many. It must be remembered that mid-1800s America was an extremely racist, sexist, and conservative place where women along with non-white men were seen as inferior to white men. It was only in the past fifty years that any form of progression whatsoever in these issues within society has been made.

  2. Create a cause and effect chart on the Seneca Falls Convention
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott raise awareness on the massive gender equality within American society, choose to establish a convention to discuss and elaborate on these feelings.

    Convention is held, which includes a declaration that men and women were created equal, and that the same rights should be given to all individuals within American society.

    Was largely mocked by the media and politicians as a farce, but led to an increase in more progressive individuals campaigning for women’s rights within the United States.

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  4. Compare Catharine Beecher’s views on women and reform with those of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
    In general, Beecher is usually seen as a more conservative advocate for social change than that of Stanton. Stanton believed that women should have the same rights as men and that they were equal in every way, which Beecher never openly agreed with. Beecher’s main point of advocacy was that women should empower themselves through employment and education, particularly through becoming school teachers, in order to improve both their own social standing and the image of women as independent individuals. Stanton was far more radical for the time, believing that women should have the right to vote and the same rights as men within society, which was a shocking and controversial thought for the time which was largely mocked or dismissed.