Why was it an issue?

Introduction

The women’s rights movement can be traced to the popular temperance movement of the 19th century. This is to be understood in the light of the lack of women being able to control household finances. Men could literally drink the family onto the street.

The movement for women's rights can also be traced to the Abolition of Slavery. Both movements attracted women who were interested in moral reform. But to change society they needed to take political action. The claim for the political emancipation of women is a part of the wider struggle for equal rights.

The battle for women’s rights was fought with both bravery and conviction. It is a remarkable story of women that were willing to put their life at stake with the aim of being recognized as equal human beings.

Poster for the Temperance movement in the United States.

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