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Shapers of the Great Debate on Women's Rights: A Biographical Dictionary
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TIMELINE OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN THE UNITED STATES 1829 Fanny Wright becomes the first woman in the United States to address an audience of both genders she discusses free love and the abolition of marriage. 1836 Angelina Grimke ´ publishes An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South. 1837 Sarah Grimke ´ is the first to compare slavery to the treatment of women. 1838 Sarah Grimke ´ publishes Letters on the Equality of the Sexes (1838), the first woman’s rights book by an American. 1838 The Congregational Church issues a ‘‘Pastoral Letter,’’ denouncing the Grimke ´ Sisters. 1841 Amelia Bloomer founds the Lily, the first journal published by and for women. 1845 Margaret Fuller publishes Women in the Nineteenth Century, the founda- tional text for the woman’s movement. 1848 The first Woman’s Rights Convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York. Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, the convention presents a Declaration of Sentiments, calling for equal treatment for women and the right to vote. 1849 Lucretia Mott publishes Discourse on Woman. 1850 The first National Women’s Rights Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts is attended by more than one thousand. 1851 Sojourner Truth delivers her ‘‘Ain’t I A Woman?’’ speech. 1851 Amelia Bloomer begins wearing pantaloons under her dresses, subsequently called ‘‘Bloomers.’’ 1853 Antoinette Brown becomes first ordained woman minister in the United States. 1855 Lucy Stone retains her maiden name after marriage and rejects traditional vows.