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Struggle for Women's Rights in America


Use the documents and broadsheets in this Jackdaw to experience first-hand the struggle for women’s rights, chronicled from the 1600s. Letters from Abigail Adams and Susan B. Anthony are included, as well as a composite of portraits of outstanding women in the 19th century. The oppressive conditions that existed in institutions and the attitudes against which brave women fought are reflected in the 5 broadsheets and the 10 documents. Historian: Mary Stetson Clarke, adapted Muriel L. Dubois. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:


  • Discontent with Woman’s Lot
  • The First Feminist Movement
  • The Split in Feminist Forces
  • Women Win the Vote
  • The New Feminist Movement

Historical Documents

  • Page from Maryland Council Proceedings, January 1647.
  • Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 1776.
  • Seneca County Courier, August 1848.
  • Page from the first issue of The Revolution, January 1868.
  • Five cartoons on women’s rights: 1859, 1869, 1874, 1919.
  • Letter from Susan B. Anthony, February 1900.
  • Sheet music for “I’m a Suffragette,” 1912.
  • Photographs from The New York Times Picture Section, May 11, 1919, showing suffrage parade on Fifth Ave., New York City.
  • Leaflet, “Why the Equal Rights for Women Amendment.

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