In the mid 19th Century, a worldwide movement began
with the aim of winning the vote for women. In 1848, a women’s rights
convention was held in New York State by two famous American reformers-
Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This was the first of
many public meetings in the U.S.A.
The women’s rights movement in the U.S evolved
out of the crusade against slavery and the fight against discrimination
of women at work - place. Sojourner Truth was a Black American who
became famous for her stand against slavery and the demand for equal
rights for women. Born a slave in 1771, she traveled all over the
U.S. drawing a large number of people through her moving speeches.
Along with Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth
Stanton and Lucy Stone, she laid the foundation for women’s suffrage
in the U.S.A. Very often these women faced stiff opposition from
those opposed to the emancipation of women.