Women's Right

By: Amber Nguyen

1840: An Idea Is Sparked in London

Elizabeth Cady Shanton and Lucretia Mott, the convention's organizers, met at the World Anti-Slavery Convention held in London. Other delegates voted to exclude women before the convention started and required them to sit in a different area. Mott, in her mid-forties, was a Quaker minister, feminist, and abolitionsist. Stanton, also an abolitionist became friends with Mott, and during the convention they discussed the possibilities of women's right convention.

1848: Seneca Falls Convention

First women's rights convention in the United States. It was organized by a handful of women who were active in the abolition and temperance movements and was held on July 19-20 in Seneca Falls, New York. This was intended to call for attention to unfair treatment of women.

1849: First Medical Degree Is Received

Elizabeth Blackwell, citizen of the United States, is the first woman to recieve a medical degree.

1872: First Woman Nominated for President

Victoria Chaflin Woodhull, nominated by the Equal Rights Party was the first woman to run for president of the United States. Though, she nor any other woman is allowed to vote.

1878: Introduction to Congress

Women's Sufferage Amendment is introduced to Congress for the first time.

1920: The 19th Amendment Is Ratified

72 years after the Seneca Falls Convention, the 19th Amendment, which gave a woman the right to vote was ratified. The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions reads: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

1920: The Aftermath Of The Seneca Falls Convention And Woman's Suffrage

The Declaration of Sentiments became the blueprint for the women's rights movement and for the sufferage movement, which gained national attention. When the 19th Amendment giving them the right to vote only one of the women who signed the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments alive was Charlotte Woodard Pierce.

1923: First Equal Rights Amendment Introduced

Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party succeeded in having a constitutional amendment introduced in Congress stating: " Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every subject is to its jurisdiction."

1970: Women Strike for Equality

50,000 people march in New York City for the first Women's Strike for Equailty.

1997: U.S. Secretary of State

Madeleine K Albright becomes the first woman U.S. Secretary of State.