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  1. The Women’s Rights Movement

  2. Objectives: After today’s lesson, you will: • Discuss reforms proposed by women in the Antebellum period • Describe the challenges faced by the antebellum women’s rights movement

  3. Focus Question • Why is it important to seek reforms in society?

  4. Gender Roles The Antebellum period saw distinct gender roles • Republican Motherhood • Cult of Domesticity Protests grew • Women took leadership of other social reforms

  5. Reforms came slowly • Schools slowly opened for women • Few coeducational • Growth of women’s health • Development of Women and Children’s Hospitals • The “Bloomer”

  6. Women’s Rights Movement • Sparked by a slight • Women took a leading role in reform movements, especially abolition • Many attended an international conference on abolition in London • Refused entry to the main floor • Infuriated leader female reformers

  7. Seneca Falls Convention • Women’s Rights Convention held in 1848 • Promoted a series of women’s issues • Property rights • Health • Education • Promoted Suffrage • Shocked the nation

  8. Declaration of Sentiments • Called for women to gain the vote • Developed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton • Patterned on the Declaration of Independence • Shocked the nation

  9. Met with Resistance • Many thought the idea was ludicrous • Violated the separate spheres • Violated ideas of the Cult of Domesticity • Conflicted with other reforms • Other issues demanded attention • Efforts put on hold to address abolition

  10. Summary • Identify three items in class we learned this week. Which of these was most important to you? Explain