Women’s Rights In America
1792- 1820
By B.B.
Background Information
“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we
are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold
ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or
representation.” -Abigail Adams
Women’s roles in Early American History, or any country's history, has often
been overlooked. They helped during the Revolution by sewing uniforms, knitting
stockings, and taking over the family business. There were also females serving in the
Army along side their husbands.
Women were not able to vote, own land, and didn’t qualify for many jobs.
The sole purpose for women in this era was to raise the children and do the household
chores. Female activists tried their best to earn the rights of women, who later earned
these privileges.
The typical female in this time period would be married
at age thirteen or fourteen. If a girl was not married by the age of
twenty-five, it was socially humiliating. The main purpose of
marriage was to gain economic benefits for the parents of the man
or woman.
If a woman became a widow, they were urged to
marry as soon as possible. Some states had laws that said
a widow would have to marry within seven years of their American Woman
husbands death, but they usually married about one or two
years later despite this law.
Married Woman
The typical woman of this time did all the household chores. They bought
and sewed clothing, took care of the animals, cooked meals, made soap and candles,
took care of the children, and taught the girls to do all these things.
A wealthy woman of this time would do some of
these chores, but have her servants do most of the work for
her. The ladies were considered too important and
sophisticated to do chores.
Taking Care of the Animals
The only things that women were considered
useful for were raising the children and keeping up the
house. As there husbands went off to work, The women
carried all the responsibilities on their shoulders.
Keeping up the House
Laundry Chores
Abigail Adams
The most renowned and perhaps well-known female rights activist was Abigail
Adams. She had little education, but was an avid reader and understood history. She
accompanied her husband, John Adams, on diplomatic missions to France and England.
She was very involved with politics and the well-being of our nation.
Abigail stressed that women should be educated and be able to
think for themselves. She felt that women should play a larger role in the
community by helping run businesses, rather than “stay in the kitchen”
and be recognized for their “intellectual capabilities.”
Abigail Adams
“Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands.
Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.” -Abigail Adams
Susan B. Anthony
Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be
taught to protect herself. - Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony was known for dedicating her life “to the cause” of the woman suffrage
movement. Mrs. Anthony was the main reason the nineteenth amendment was added to the
constitution, the right for women to vote.
Some of
Susan B. Anthony’s accomplishments
~ Founded the National Woman’s Suffrage Association
with life-long friend Elizabeth
Susan B. Anthony
~ First person arrested and put on trial for voting.
~ Wrote the 19th amendment (Women’s right to vote)
~ Founded the International Council of Women (1888) and the International Woman Suffrage Council (1904)
which brought international attention to suffrage.

Women`s Rights In America 1792