Around the 1800s
Women had few political or legal rights in the mid-1800s. Women could not vote or hold office.When a women married, the man became the owner of all her property. If the women worked anywhere outside of the home, her wages became her husbands. Men also had the right to hit their wives as long as he didn't seriously injure her.
Women Fight Back!
Many women, like the Grimkes, had joined the abolitionist movement. As women worked to end slavery they realized that they lacked full social and political rights themselves.