All Men and Women Created Equal

The call for womens rights

In the 1800s, women had almost no rights. They could not old office, vote, sit on juries, and most of their lives were controlled by husbands or fathers. Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were two of the biggest faces in the push for women's rights. They had tried to speak at a convention but they were not allowed. William Lloyd Garrison, the same as the slavery abolitionist, sat out with them. Stanton and Mott decided to hold their own convention, called the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. At this convention, the wrote a document based on the Declaration of Independance called the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions. This included changes like “All men and women are created equal.” They also fought for the right to vote.


“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” ― Brigham Young

Faces of the women's revolution

During the mid-1800s there was a lot of women who were helping, but three stood out. Sojourner Truth, the freed slave, spoke about women's rights as well. In 1851 in Ohio, she spoke. Many people didn't like her and others feared that her affiliation with anti slavery would take away from the women's rights issue, but it did not. Maria Mitchell was a scientist and founded the Association for the Advancement of Women. She has later discovered a comet in 1847. Susan B. Anthony was a very talented organizer. She made the movement into a national organization. Anthony also believed that women could control their own property and wages. The first laws supporting this appeared in 1839. All of these women are helping and helped greatly in the push for women's rights.