32 minutes | Mar 1st 2020

Origins: The 19th Century Woman's Movement

In 1920, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment recognizing women's voting rights. Over the next year, we will explore, commemorate, and celebrate the history of women's suffrage in the United States and discover what role voting played in the social, political, legal, and economic changes of the 20th and 21st centuries. This is Hindsight . - For historians, knowing where to start a story, where the real root of a movement begins is difficult to find but is critical to where the narrative goes. In the 1830s, white women lived under the protections of coverture, a legal doctrine that, upon marriage, covered women from legal and political responsibility in most cases. While this also place responsibilities on the husband for their well being, it meant a much more restricted public life for women, that, by the middle of the 19th century, was beginning to feel stifling. The women who began or organize for women's rights in the 1830s were responding to legal, political, and economic
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