Women During the 1800s

Women's contributions and roles during the 1800s

Background on Women in the 1800s

In the 1800s, mostly all women had started to realize how they were being treated. They had barely any rights and were allowed only to stay home and take care of family. While single women where seen as failures even though they had more rights like owning land and working. During this time women began to form campaigns for more freedom. In 1848, women met at a convention at Seneca Falls and formed more campaigns for the right to vote. They wrote a Declaration of Sentiments which stated that all women should be treated as equal as men are. Both women and men had signed it.

Contributions made by Women in the 1800s

During the 1800s, women began to contribute more and got more involved in political issues. They got more involved in a political way because they had been lacking the right to vote and they had thought that it was wrong. And since they knew that men were treating them terrible, they pushed hard to win their quality and freedom. Women were beginning to become more and more successful in earrning their freedom. Women also began to realize that slavery was just as bad as the lack of women's rights, so they tried helping the cause and abolish slavery. Also, during the 1800s, women were not allowed to contribute much so they hadn't done any contributions accept for thing like cleaning the house, feed family, sewing, and even laundrying. But, one time, when Susan B. Anthony, a women's rights advocate, attempted to vote but she got in trouble for illegaly doing so and got arrested. This was a contribution done by her, but she didn't have the right to do so. So, overall women were only at home most of the time.

Roles played by Women in the 1800s

Many women in the 1800s played a role as a petitioner. Women had petitioned so much in the 1800s because that was when they realized men were treating women terrible. The role every married woman with children would play would be a housewive who would take care of family. If you were a single woman, you would be able to own land and work. So, basically you had more rights than a married woman even though you had been seen by all people as a failure. Single women played roles as a maid, a teacher, and even a factory worker. Some married woman, if they were lucky got jobs as a teacher or a mill worker at a factory. So, woman were had shortened choices for roles which they could play during the time.