Womens Role in Society in the 1800s Essay

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Womens Role in Society in the 1800s

AP American History
12/13/2004
Women's Role in Society
During the early 1800's women were stuck in the Cult of Domesticity. Women had been issued
roles as the moral keepers for societies as well as the nonworking house-wives for
families. Also, women were considered unequal to their male companions legally and
socially. However, women's efforts during the 1800's were effective in challenging
traditional intellectual, social, economical, and political attitudes about a women's
place in society.

The foundation of colleges for women as well as events at women's rights conventions
intellectually challenged society's views on women's traditional roles. As education
became more of a public governmental service, the educational opportunities for women
began to increase. Emma Williard, founder of the Women's seminary in New York, created the
Oberlin College. This college was the first college that was open to women as well as men
creating the first opportunity for women in America to gain an advanced education. Years
later, Mary Lyon founded the all female college called Mt. Holyoke College. This changed
America by not only providing an advanced education for American women, but also led to
more colleges opening their doors to women. Another significant event for women's rights
was when Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the first women's rights convention in 1848 and
created the Declaration of Sentiments. This event instructed women that they were equal to
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