Women's Civil Rights in North Carolina

  • Edenton Tea Party

    Edenton Tea Party
    51 women joined in Edenton, North Carolina to boycott against the tax on tea that the British imposed. This was one of the earliest political activities that were led by women. The leader of the party, Penelope Barker, held the boycott at Elizabeth King's house.
  • Madison Becomes First Lady

    Madison Becomes First Lady
    North Carolina native Dolley Madison becomes the First Lady of the United States. Her husband, James Madison, won the election and became the 4th US President. She remains one of the most popular first ladies in history. She was born May 20, 1768 in Guilford County, North Carolina. She was married to John Todd for 3 years before marrying James Madison in 1794. She is one of the most popular first ladies because she helped define the role of first lady.
  • Harriet Jacobs is Born

    Harriet Jacobs is Born
    Harriet jacobs was born in Edenton, North Carolina, the same place where the Edenton Tea Party took place in 1774. She was born into slavery. She stayed with the Norcom family that bought her when she was 12. When she got into a relationship with US Congressman Samuel Sawyer, it infuriated James Norcom and caused her to move into her free grandmother's attic. She then creates the book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, which she wrote in 1861, during the American Civil War.
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    Academies for Girls open up in North Carolina

    250 Academies for Girls were created in North Carolina. They were only opened to white girls since girls that were African American were enslaved and lived on plantation. Because of this, they couldn't learn how to read or write. These academies were made for girls of different denominations and religions. Salem Academy was for non-Moravians, New Garden Boarding School was for Quakers, Greensboro Female College was for Methodists, and Saint Mary's School was created for Episcopalians.
  • Mary Jane Patterson is Born

    Mary Jane Patterson is Born
    Mary Jane Patterson was born September 12, 1840 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was moved to Oberlin to live. She attended Oberlin University, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Education. This was the first African American women to receive a Bachelor's Degree. After she got her degree, she then went to Philadelphia to teach at the Institute for Colored Youth for 7 years. In 1871, she became the first African American principal at the Preparatory High School for Negroes until 1884.
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    Seneca Falls Convention

    The world's first women's rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York. This convention was a stepping stone in the Women's Rights Movement. Because of this convention, this helped in making the 19th Amendment 70 years later.
  • "Ain't I a Woman" Speech

    "Ain't I a Woman" Speech
    AT the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, abolitionist Sojourner Truth delivers her most famous speech called "Ain't I a Woman?¨. This speech was one of the speeches that helped fuel the Women's Rights Movement. She talks about African American women fighting to have the same rights as anyone. In the speech, she compares herself to the lives of white women living in the South. She talks about how people say that women can't have rights through Christianity.
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony create The Revolution

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony create The Revolution
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who were catalysts in the Suffrage Movement, created The Revolution to show how woman are starting to get rights. Many people around the United States started to make fun of or joke about what they were doing. They didn't believe that women could have rights. Through that, it helped expand their audience even wider through the many jokes and articles talking about Stanton and Anthony.
  • Jeanette Rankin becomes first woman to be elected into US House of Representatives

    Jeanette Rankin becomes first woman to be elected into US House of Representatives
    Jeanette Rankin, who was from Montana, was elected into the House of Representatives in 1917. She was a part of the republican party and served two nonconsecutive terms while she was in Congress. She said that " she was the first person in Congress, but wouldn't be the last¨. Since then, 395 women were elected as Representatives over the years.
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    With the passing of the 19th Amendment, women were finally able to vote for Congress. Through events that happened during the 1800s and the 1700s, they helped cause this amendment to be passed. When the law was passed, the press and suffragists weren't in the room. This law only allowed white women to vote. Since a couple of African American women couldn't read or write, they couldn't vote.
  • Civil Rights Act passed

    Civil Rights Act passed
    With the passing of the Civil Rights Act, African American men and women are able to vote for Congress. Before this law was passed, they had to be able to read and also pay to be able to vote. Since many African American people couldn't read or write as well as white people, they couldn't vote for anyone to be in a position. They weren't able to be taught how to read or write in the 1800s because it was considered dangerous to learn.
  • Loretta Lynch

    Loretta Lynch
    Loretta Lynch becomes the first African American woman to be Attorney General of the United States. She was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on May 21, 1959. In 1981, she graduated from Harvard and received her J.D. from Harvard Law College in 1984. She was the 83rd Attorney General and served from 2015-2017. Barack Obama elected Lynch to become the Attorney General in 2014 and was sworn in by Vice President Joe BIden the following year.