Feminism




Meantime, man intelligent and benevolent persons imagine that the grand remedy for the heavy evils that oppress our sex is to introduce women to political power and office, to make her a party in primary political meetings, in political caucuses, and in the scramble and fight for political offices; thus bringing into this melée the distinctive tempting power of her sex. Who can look at this new danger without dismay?

Catharine E. Beecher, The American Woman's Home, 1869
Famous in the nineteenth century for advice elevating women's status in the home
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Despite discouragement from art and advice literature, like the message above, the women's movement continued to grow after the 1848 Seneca Falls Meetings. In 1869, the National Women's Suffrage Association was founded, and the state of Wyoming gave women the right to vote. In 1872, Victoria Woodhull ran for President, and in the 1880s and 1890s numerous women's associations were founded, including the National Association of Colored Women.


For more information on the feminist movement, please visit PBS online or the history channel .









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