Women’s Suffrage

The early women’s rights movement built upon the principles and experiences of other efforts to promote social justice and to improve the human condition. Collectively these efforts are known as reform. After the Civil War, many abolitionist activists joined the Temperance and Women’s Suffrage movements.

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At times, women abolitionists experienced discrimination within the movement itself leading some to embrace the issue of women’s rights.

In 1840, at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were refused seats on the floor by male abolitionists because of their gender.

As a direct result, Stanton and Mott decided to hold a convention on women’s rights. That convention kicked off an eighty-year struggle for equal voting rights for women that culminated in the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

This collection covers much of that eighty years and includes newspapers that had some overlap between the temperance and women’s rights movements, as well as an anti-suffrage paper.

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