Women in the US started movements to improve education, to initiate prison reform, to ban alcoholic drinks, and, during the pre-Civil War period, to free the slaves.
When it wasn't respectable for women to speak before mixed audiences two sisteas were always speaking. Some men thought they were right so they supported them and leted them participate. Women saw eachother like slaves because they had to have same respect for their husbands. And said that drunked husbands bring family to poverty.