Today women are not on an equal footing with men in our country. We've never had a woman President of the United States. There are only two women out of nine Supreme Court Justices. There are only 3 female state governors out of 50. Until things like these are changed, we cannot pretend that women have entirely gained their equal rights.
We have come a long way. 150 years ago, being a wife meant being a husband's possession. Women were not allowed to vote or run for office. Women were not allowed to sue or testify in court. We had no power against a mean husband. Women weren't allowed to own property. We did not go to the same schools as men.
Some of the things they wanted were:
Leaders like Abby Kelly Foster rallied the crowd with her demand not for "woman's rights, but [for] the rights of human beings," while Frederick Douglass advised the crowd that women must educate themselves, to "take her rights, and then she shall be free."
While the speeches were good the crowd did not always cheer. There was a large part of the country that did not agree with the speakers and did not want change. Many newspapers wrote bad things about the convention. The leaders of the 1850 convention did not back down from their ideals, though. The convention did not change things right away, but it was an important first step.
If it were not for the brave leaders of that meeting, change may have come even slower. Of course, there are still problems that need work. The work of Lucy Stone and Sojourner Truth needs to be carried on until true equality for everyone. It is our job to do all we can to change the things we know are unfair.
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Kevin - It's my last name and I'll keep it if I want to!
Daphne - Stirring the cauldron of equality
Rebecca - What's got 7 layers of clothes and a broken ribs?