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Early Women's Activism and the Fight for Suffrage

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The reform movement in which women worked to gain equal rights for women. In 1848 women did not have equal rights under the law. They couldn't own property, inherit money, go to college, make speeches at public meetings, or vote. The only jobs open to women were teaching, cleaning, and factory work, and they earned less money than men in the same jobs.
This convention occurred July 19-20, 1848 and is widely considered to be the start of the women’s suffrage movement. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spearheaded the two-day conference "to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman." Participants at the conferences signed a Declaration of Sentiments urging women to work for the right to vote, among many other reforms.