During the Constitutional Convention, Abigail Adams reminded her husband, John Adams, to “remember the ladies.” Unfortunately, her advice wasn’t heeded. Although the Declaration of Independence declared that all men are equal, free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness, women in America were given few rights. Women could not own property, vote, run a business, or bring a lawsuit to court. If they worked, their earnings were given to their husbands.
In the 1820s, many people opposed slavery. These people were often called “abolitionists” because they wanted to abolish slavery. Some people felt that freeing black slaves was only a start; they wanted to ensure freedom and opportunities for all people, including women.
Questions and Answers
Question: Did men support the women’s movement?
Answer: Early activists for women’s rights were often ridiculed, mocked, or criticized. Both men and women feared the changes that the women’s movement might bring.
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