In 1839, the first women who were married (in Mississippi) could own property separate from their husbands
Beginning in about 1840, women started working outside the home in industrial jobs. By 1850, 15% of women worked outside the home.
Seneca Falls Convention
First women's rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York. After 2 days, the Declaration fo Sentiments is signed. The declaration listed grievances against women that the activists wished to see changed.
First National Women's Rights Convention
These conventions attracted over 1,000 participants and took place for a decade, exlcuding 1857. Abolitionists and temperance advocates took part in these conventions.
National Women Suffrage Association
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Women Suffrage Association. Suffrage, or voting rights, for women via a constitutional amendement was the goal of this association.
Women on Juries
In Wyoming, women begin serving on juries.
Women's Declaration of Independence
Women's Declaration of Independence read at Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia
Colorda Grants Women Suffrage
In 1893, Colorado becomes the first state to grant women the right to vote. Utah was the second state to accomplish this in 1896, and Washington was third in 1910.
National Association of Colored Women
The National Association of Colored Women is formed. More than 100 black women's clubs are brought together. Notable people include Mary Church Terrell and Anna Julia Cooper.