Women's Movement

  • Birth of Susan Anthony

    Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts. She was one of leading women's rights leader along with others like Stanton and Mott. She led for women's reforms in politics, jobs, etc.
  • One of the First Education Institutes

    Emma Willard founded the Troy Female Seminary which was one of the first educational institutes for girls. This school was built in Troy, NY. Unlike most other girl institutions, this one became prosperous and successful.
  • Joint Education of Sexes

    Oberlin college in Ohio became the first college to offer join education to both sexes. Oberlin offered women the Ladies' Course. Some notable graduates were Lucrettia Mott and Lucy Stone.
  • Letters on the Equality of Sex

    This was a book consisting of letters that the Grimke sisters wrote. These letters adressed educational reform, wage reform, and other discrimination. The two sisters showed their strong boldness through their lectures and these letters. The letters were written in between the dates of July 11, 1837, and October 20, 1837.
  • Antislavery Convention of American Women

    This was a convention held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia, in which women discussed abolition. Some famous women there inclueded the Grimke sisters, Lucretia Mott, etc. There were three of these conventions in total, but this one was most memorable because a rioting mob completely interupted the convention due to their dissaproval.
  • World's Anti-Slavery Convention

    This was a convention held in England to discuss abolition. Women were denied the right to speak at the convention, and this was one of the ignitors for the women's movement. Mott and Stanton met together and discussed women's rights and their current inferiority.
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    This was a meeting for women's rights in Seneca Falls, NY. It was an assembly of men and women who voted on the Declaration of Sentiments (like a women's constitution). This meeting launched the beginning of the women's suffrage movement.
  • First Women's Physician

    Liz Blackwell becomes the first woman to ever earn an MD degree. This obviously encourages other females to follow her steps and earn a college education. This accomplishment for women further increases the spirits of the women's movement.
  • Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

    Harriet Tubman was a very important contributor to the underground railroad. She conducted numerous missions to bring her family and other slaves in the south. She is one of the most notable African Americans in women's history
  • Dress in the "Bloomers"

    Amelia Bloomer was another important figure in the women's movement whose primary achievement was the introduction of the bloomers. This new clothing did not restrict women to wearing the long dresses of the day. This gave women more freedom in their clothing choices.
  • National Women's Right Convention

    Shortly after the Seneca Falls Convention, women and men reconvened for a convention in Worcester, Massachusetts. These conventions were held annually from 1850 on (except in the years 1857) to 1860. 1000 people came to the convention, about 300 of which were men.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Although she was fighting for abolotion, Stowe came to the attention of American women due to her excellence in writing as a women. Her famous book Uncle Tom's Cabin sold out very quickly. She was one of the best women writers at the time. The book also had some cultural references to the treatment of women.
  • Blackwell and Stone Wedding

    Lucy stone marries a man named Henry Blackwell. Both shared common reform interests which probably led to their earlier friendship and then marriage. At their wedding, they agreed that Lucy would get to retain her maiden name.
  • Women Fighting

    This was the first time in US history where numerous women fought as soldiers in the army Several served as spies or soldiers for both sides. Other women took on roles that were for their genders back in the day. Frances Clayton was one of these women.
  • Wyoming and Women's Suffrage

    Wyoming became the first territory to allow women's suffrage. This was not done for the advancement of women but more for other political purposes. Additionally, the women's suffrage in this territory would attract more women to come to Wyoming where few women lived.
  • First African American Woman Nurse

    Mary Mahoney became the first African American Nurse. She graduated from the New England Hospital for Women and Children. This showed that other women of different races were also advancing which helped the movement gain more power.