International Women’s Month – Inspiring Change – A blog about Lucretia Mott 2 of 10

In the 19th century women could not vote. Therefore, they could not change the laws that restricted them.
In the 19th century women could not vote. Therefore, they could not change the laws that restricted them.

I find it helpful, when thinking of the battles waged by Lucretia Mott, to recall the tight restrictions placed on women in the 19th century. At that time:

-upon marriage all property owned by a woman went to her husband

-all wages she earned went to her husband

-men had full power to punish their wives

-no matter what the state of the husband (he could even be in a constant state of inebriation), any children born of a marriage “belonged to him”

-few occupations were open to women

-very, very few opportunities existed for advanced education

-women had no voting rights to change the very laws that held all of the above in place.

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