Women's Suffrage

By: Emma Hardy

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  • One of 11 children.
  • learned from a young age that women are treated differently under the law.
  • Supported by father, she dreamed of one day changing the law.
  • He told her to write speech to go down and persuade the legislators to change the laws once she got old enough.
  • She got an education and when she came home her work started.
  • She went to a convention in London for Abolitionists with her husband, but since she was a women she wasn't able to actually take a part in it.
  • She had to leave but while she was there she met Lucretia Mott who was also refused to be let in.

Lucretia Mott

  • Lucretia was a Quaker.
  • And when the civil war started, she did not support it, but she still preached her believes about Abolitionists to African American soldiers.
  • Her husband James, believed in an equal and loving relationship.
  • They both went to the convention in London and met Stanton.
  • When she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton she became equally interested in women's rights. So they agreed to meet back in the U.S and try to rebel against the law.

Seneca Falls Convention

  • They organized the first and most important Women's Rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York.
  • The presented the "Declaration of Sentiments." It was based off of the Declaration of Independence and stated that "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women shall be created equal.
  • Mott was the first to sign it.
  • Many females agreed but men thought that women getting ideas like that is dangerous and laughed and made fun of the convention saying that it means nothing.
  • This protest moved people across the nation to fight with them.

The Fourteenth Amedment

The Fourteenth Amendment came out when the Civil War ended and slavery was abolished and the amendment states that all men are equal regardless of their race, but it was not extended to women. Afterword's Mott joined Susan B Anthony and Stanton and started the National Women's Suffrage Association.

The Nineteeth Amendment

After Mott's husbands death she continued to give speeches. The 30th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention she gave her last speech when she guaranteed she will get equal rights for men and women. She died that November at 87 years old. She did not live to see the Nineteenth Amendment passed 40 years later, but when it did people remembered her. The amendment guaranteed the right for people to vote regardless of their sex.