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The womens suffrage movement began in 1848 when a group of women met in Seneca Falls New York These women issued what became known as the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolution s and 11 pt document outlining the demand for equal rights Al of the articles of the Declaration passed except for the right to vote It was widely believed at that time that women were both physically and mentally inferior to men and therefore should not have the right to vote The Seneca Falls convention was organized by a group of women who had been active in the antislavery movement When they were rejected as delegates to an abolitionist convention because of their sex they vowed to turn their attention to womens rights This convention attracted lots of attention from the press mostly negative One of the organizers Elizabeth cady Stanton welcomed even the negative attention She said It might start women thinking and men to when men and women think about a new question they the first step is taken Because of their involvement in the abolitionist movement women had learned to organize to hold public meetings and conduct petition campaigns As abolitionists women first won the right to speak in public and they began to evolve a philosophy of their own place in society When the 15th amendment which gave black men the power to vote was passed women became furious Julia Ward Howe said For the first time we saw every Negro man govern every white woman This seemed to me intollerable tyranny After the fifteenth amendment was passed the womens suffrage movement turned its attention towards gaining the right to vote state by state Susan B Anthony a leader in the movement met a wealthy businessman named George Francis Train while campaigning in Kansas He offered her the money to launch a suffrage newspaper In return he would be allowed to write a column about economics Thus the Revolution
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