Womens rights

Women's Rights in the Era from 1700's to 1900's

By k-miya
  • The Beginning of the Enlightenment

    The Beginning of the Enlightenment
    Women played a significant role in the spread of Enlightenment ideas by hosting salons (gatherings).
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    Women Spread Ideas

    During the Enlightenment, women helped to spread ideas. The salons in Paris gathered together the thinkers of the time, and allowed women to influence men. In England, some women gained access to books and argued their own opinions on their rights.
  • March on Versailles

    March on Versailles
    A female party led this march in the beginning of the French Revolution in response to the lack of grain and bread. They interrupted the Estates meeting and escorted the royal family to Paris, out of Versailles.
  • Vindication of the Rights of Women

    Vindication of the Rights of Women
    Mary Wollstonecraft writes Vindication of the Rights of Women, the first recognized women’s rights manifesto. Ths came with the “cult of domesticity” that resulted from industrialization. Women no longer had a role in business.
  • End of the Enlightenment

    More and more, Enlightenment thinking started to vanish, and more modern concept began to form. These ideas were just as radical as the Enlightenment ideas had been.
  • Loss of Vote in New Jersey

    Loss of Vote in New Jersey
    Though for a short time, women and African-Americans who met the conditions of property ownership could vote in New Jersey, they lost this right in 1807. Despite having played a significant role in the war effort, they were not able to participate in politics in most areas.
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    Ottoman Women Lose Property Control

    Women lose control of the charitable trusts they could set up to pass on property to their sons. Instead, the state controlled these trusts. Many reforms of the Tanzimat did the same: changes in the military and education benefitted men but not women.
  • Sati Outlawed

    Sati Outlawed
    Due in part to Rammohun Roy and his supporters, who tried to blend Western values with India's culture, the practice of sati (widow burning) was outlawed in 1829. This action increased female independence. Though sati had been optional in the past, women who did not throw themselves on their husbands' funeral pyres were held in low regard.
  • Victorian Period Begins

    Victorian Period Begins
    Queen Victoria takes the throne of England, starting the Victorian era, which marks educational and literature reform as well as the imperialism. She was the longest female ruling monarch in history and was also the last of the Hanover dynasty.
  • New Reforms in Ottoman Empire

    New Reforms in Ottoman Empire
    The Ottoman Empire introduced a new set of reforms in a park named Gulhane that marks the beginning of Ottoman secularization. This secularization actually proves harmful to women's rights as certain traditions of women property ownership are broken.
  • Women's Rights Convention

    Women's Rights Convention
    Headed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the attendees wanted equality in the eyes of the law, the right to vote, and better working conditions. The convention took place at Seneca Falls.
  • Constitution of California

    Constitution of California
    The Constitution of California granted women property rights. It extended the rights of women, who had up until that point been deprived of any semblance of equality.
  • First National Women's Rights Convention

    First National Women's Rights Convention
    In Worcester, Massachusetts, the first national women's rights convention was held. Over 1,000 people went, and conventions would continue to be held annually for the next decade.
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    Taiping Rebellion

    <a href='http://http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9dB67nmiF18/TfuUPkGUnSI/AAAAAAAAADw/PntqTpj26a0/s1600/TaipingRebellion.jpg' >The Taiping Rebels Though they were segregated from men, the women of the Taiping rebellion had full participation in work. They also fought, as the Taipings forbade foot binding. The loss of footbinding helped fight the tradition of subordination of women.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    A book released prior to the Civil War by female abolitionist Harriet Beacher Stowe that depicts the inhumane, cruel mistreatment of slaves in the South. It becomes a best seller, among the first in American history written by a woman.
  • Florence Nightingale

    Florence Nightingale
    Florence Nightingale and her team of 38 nurses are commissioned into the Crimean War as nurses. She formed more sanitary and more organized nursing houses that began the development of modern battlefield medics.
  • Empress Dowager Cixi’s Rule Begins

    Empress Dowager Cixi’s Rule Begins
    Ruling by herself at first, then as the regent for her nephew, Cixi helped to support the provinciali governors and the efforts to reform China. The Qing Empire was weak at this time, and her reforms helped to strengthen it. However, in her later years she was hated.
  • US Women Suffrage Involvement

    US Women Suffrage Involvement
    Look below at timespan. A time of increased involvement in women suffrage in the United States
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    Suffrage Associations in the US

    Both the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association were formed this year. However, the former focused on amending the Constitution, while the latter wanted to change the constitutions of individual states.
  • First US Territory Gains Womens' Suffrage

    First US Territory Gains Womens' Suffrage
    Wyoming was the first US territory to grant women the right to vote, before any state did the same. The year after, women were also able to serve on a jury.
  • French Women Open Own Bank Accounts

    French Women Open Own Bank Accounts
    In 1881, women in France could open bank accounts under their own name, though they needed their husbands' consent. This represented incresed rights and independence.
  • Clara Zetkin

    Clara Zetkin
    Due partially to the time involved with jobs and families, most women were not able to join trade unions or political parties. However, some became well known. Clara Zetkin was one of these: she believed that woman must work to escape inferiority to man.
  • First Woman Doctor in Argentina

    First Woman Doctor in Argentina
    Increasing public education for women allowed the first woman doctor to graduate from medical school in 1899. Although education had been increasing for years, most reforms had not applied to women.
  • Female Teachers

    Female Teachers
    By 1911, 73 percent of teachers were female. This was a result of new laws mandating education for everyone. Although it was a victory for female rights, it was a result of reform in education rather than women’s rights.
  • Harriet Tubman Dies

    Harriet Tubman Dies
    The death of Harriet Tubman (Moses), the most famous female conductor of the Underground Railroad during the controversial slave period of American history, happened on March 10, 1913. She helped free countless slaves and became an activist after the Civil War.
  • British Suffrage

    British Suffrage
    In 1918, British women gained the right to vote. They were slightly later than their US counterparts; twelve states gave women suffrage by 1914.