Mrs. Gebel's Women's Rights Webquest



    The First Women’s Rights Convention

    The first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY, in 1848. While in 1776 the Declaration of Independence stated that “all men are created equal,” it did not give women equal rights. Women could not own property, have certain careers, or vote. By 1848, many women felt things needed to change!

    Click on the following link to read about the first Women’s Convention and answer the following question:

    Seneca Falls Convention

    1. What were the names of the two women who first had the idea of planning a    women’s convention?

    2. What did Elizabeth Cady Stanton write that would define the meeting?

    3. Which famous former slave from Rochester, NY, was at the convention and supported its goals?

    4.  The women decided a convention was needed to “discuss the ________________ , ______________ , and ____________________ and rights of women." (please fill in.)


    Sojourner Truth

    Sojourner Truth was born a slave in about 1797 in New York State and became free when slavery was abolished in New York in 1827. She then became famous as she travelled the country giving speeches about slavery and as an advocate for women’s rights.

    Please answer the following questions using the information found on this link:  Sojourner Truth

    5. What was Sojourner Truth’s real name?

    6. What was the name of the famous speech she gave on women’s rights at a women’s  convention in Ohio in 1851?

    Read this famous speech given by Sojourner Truth on this link and answer the question below:

      Sojourner Truth's Speech

    7.  What is the tone of her speech?

    Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton  

    1. What is the definition of the AERA? (Follow this link, but write in you’re your OWN words!)

    Susan B. Anthony was born in February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts. She was raised in a Quaker family with a long and strong history of being activists. Through her upbringing, she became very interested in the ideas of justice for all. She decided to make it her life’s work to fight for equal rights for women. Susan B. Anthony was convinced that women needed the vote if they were to influence public affairs.

    Answer the following questions about Susan B. Anthony using this link: Susan B. Anthony

    9.  After moving to Rochester in 1845, Anthony’s family became involved in what movement?

    10. Which amendment did she help try to get passed that would out-law slavery?

    11. What newspaper did she publish? Where and it what year? 

    12. What was Anthony’s first paying job?

    She fought for equal rights for women in education, too.

    13. She helped force what university to allow women to attend? In what year?

    Anthony was also a labor activist.

    14. List  three things she believed workers should have a right to.

    15. What was the temperance movement?

    16. Why do you think Anthony felt strongly about temperance?

    Susan B. Anthony is best known for being a suffragist.

    17. Who was Anthony introduced to who was already very involved in the women's rights movement?

    18. What happened to Anthony in Rochester, NY in 1872 when she voted in an election?

    19. How many years did Anthony stand before Congress to argue for women's right to vote?

    20.    a.What was the 19th amendment and when was it passed?

             b. What was another name for it?

             c. Was Susan B. Anthony alive to see its passage?

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    Would YOU want to mess with her?!

    Answer the following questions about Stanton using this link: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    21. What did Cady Stanton study under her father?

    22. What event in London was the main reason Cady Stanton wanted to have a convention for women in the US?

    23. What was the name of her autobiography?


    The 19th Amendment

    The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. -- Passed June 4, 1919. Ratified August 18, 1920

    Read the two paragraphs about the 19th Amendment and answer the following question:


    24. What major international event finally caused the women's right to vote being passed into law and why?

    25. How do you feel about the following political cartoon? What do you think it is trying to express?



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    Sojourner Truth portrait:

    Susan B Anthony portrait:

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton portrait:

    Signing of Amendment:

    Political cartoon: