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Women's Rights Movement Lesson for Kids: Timeline & Facts

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

The Women's Rights Movement was a period in American history when leaders worked hard to change laws and ideas about what women were allowed to do. In this lesson, learn how the movement began, what changes occurred, and how the movement impacted the lives of women today.

Women's Rights

Can you imagine a time when women could not vote, own property, or become doctors and lawyers? It's hard to believe, but years ago, this was exactly the case for women in America. That is, until some very strong-minded women decided things needed to change. Let's find out about these courageous leaders and how they started the Women's Rights Movement.

Time for Tea

Do you hang out with your friends when you have free time? In the 1800s, women did this too, although they didn't play video games or enjoy sports like you probably do. Many times, they would gather at someone's house to enjoy tea and conversation. This is exactly what happened in 1848 in New York, but this simple tea gathering was anything but ordinary.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the ladies at that gathering. She had ideas on things that were happening in America. She thought it was not right that many African-Americans were slaves, and she felt it was unfair that women did not have the same rights as men. She shared her ideas with four other women having tea, and they decided that something needed to be done.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was inspired to change the lives of women in America.
womens rights

Declaration and Convention

Stanton was inspired to write the Declaration of Sentiments. This was a document she modeled after the Declaration of Independence, and it included ways that women were treated unfairly. This list was discussed at the Seneca Falls Convention in July 1848, which was the first convention for women's rights. Many of Stanton's ideas were approved, but some of those who attended were shocked that she wanted women to have the right to vote.

Right to Vote

There were people who disagreed with the movement, but this did not stop women from fighting for equal rights. The suffrage movement was an effort to get laws changed so that women would have the right to vote. Finally, in 1920, after much effort and many demonstrations, women were given the right to vote thanks to the 19th Amendment.

To promote the right to vote, women often marched in parades like this one in New York City.
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Women in Wartime

During the Women's Rights Movement, the nation was involved in two major wars, World War I and World War II. During these wars, men traveled overseas to fight for their country. Women back home took on jobs that were usually done by men. This was a source of inspiration for the Women's Rights Movement, because it proved that women could do the same things as men.

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