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HS Unit II: Women's Struggle for Equal Rights, 1825 - 1930 Lesson B: The Activists
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Key Questions

1. Why did some individuals seek to change the status quo for women?

2. What challenges did woman's rights activists face?

3. Why was there resistance to increasing rights for women?

Activity 1: Nineteenth-Century Women Activists
Activity 2: The Difference One Individual Can Make
Activity 3: Fifty Years’ Worth of Gains
Activity 4: The “Anti’s’” Efforts
Primary Sources
Related Mass Moments

"Writer Margaret Fuller Born"
Margaret Fuller combined intellect and activism.

"Angelina Grimke Addresses Legislature"
The Grimké sisters campaigned against slavery and for woman’s rights.

"Woman's Rights Pioneer Lucy Stone Born"
Lucy Stone’s spent her life trying “to make the world better.”

"First National Woman's Rights Convention Ends in Worcester"
Women from around the nation gathered in Worcester.

"Worcester Puts Fosters' Home Up For Auction"
Abby Kelley and Stephen Foster made sacrifices for the cause of woman’s rights.

"Activist Florence Luscomb Born"
Florence Luscomb played an active role in two woman’s rights movements.

"Voters Deny Massachusetts Women the Vote"
The “Anti’s” believed voting would make women less effective agents for social betterment.

lesson image credit: May Day Parade, New York, 1910; Library of Congress