Why Did Some Men Support the Women's Rights Movement in the 1850s, and How Did Their Ideas Compare to those of Women in the Movement?

Abstract

      This project focuses on the efforts of some of the nineteenth-century male supporters of women's rights, examining the beliefs that led them to promote women's rights and analyzing how their values compared to those of women reformers. The documents are presented in three groups: the beginnings of the woman's rights movement; the beliefs of male advocates of women's rights; and conflict within the movement. Taken together, the documents illustrate that traditional notions of women's "proper sphere" still remained during the latter half of the nineteenth century and slowed the advancement of women for several decades.

         
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