Equality and Equity For All: Beyond The Gender Binary

In the early 1900s, the gender binary was still heavily enforced and, as such, people were forced into binary gender roles based on the sexes they were assigned at birth. At this point in time, people would often be thrown into the category of “male/man” or “female/woman”, completely disregarding the existences of people who fall outside of the binary, such as intersex people who were … Continue reading Equality and Equity For All: Beyond The Gender Binary

Women’s Labor Reforms

In the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s, a sharp increase in industrialization and a large wave of immigration reshuffled the working class and made social change a viable movement in urbanized cities. Though still unable to vote, many strong, determined women dared to challenge both government and social norms for the betterment of women’s wage work and labor laws. Florence Kelley, a college educated … Continue reading Women’s Labor Reforms

Women Paving the Way

The laws originally adopted by the American government before women pushed for the organization of the labor movement created harsh divides between the genders and what was expected of each. As men, you were to be involved in our democracy and decision making for the country and you were to be the breadwinner and/or sole provider for your family in whichever occupation you so chose. … Continue reading Women Paving the Way

Industrial and Social Revolutions

In light of America’s Industrial Revolution beginning in the 1800’s, the country was exhibiting features of social reform in schools, the workplace, and traditional society. The allowance of white, middle- class women to attend college along with the development of social science prompted a dynamic shift orchestrated by women who wanted revised laws in favor of fair treatment for women and children. And yet, despite … Continue reading Industrial and Social Revolutions

Blog Topic #4 for HIS 225

Thinking about the women you read about in this week’s articles and primary sources (350-376 and 377-382), as well as the labor movement and the Industrial Revolution, discuss wage work. Did our laws and social reform programs create gender constructs of men as wage earners? What gender constructs did we make at the turn of the century regarding women? Continue reading Blog Topic #4 for HIS 225

Seneca Falls

  Starting in the 1830’s individuals voices criticized the way American law and defined gender relations began to be heard. The 1848 Declaration of Sentiments combined these concerns into a manifest and offered change that would change the whole women’s rights movement. In the same year, the New York village of Seneca Falls hosted a gathering of around three hundred people. and debated the Declaration … Continue reading Seneca Falls

Declaration Of Sentiments

The Declaration of Sentiments was signed in 1848 by 68 women and 32 men, at the first ever women’s rights convention which was organized by women.  This was a key convention in which many issues were addressed.  The convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York.  The author of the Declaration of Sentiments was Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who tried to write the declaration within the … Continue reading Declaration Of Sentiments

Declaration of Sentiments

The Declaration of Sentiments is a document signed in 1848 by 68 women and 32 men; 100 out of around 300 participants at the first women’s rights convention to be organized by women. The declaration is one of America’s most important documents advocating women’s rights. It was written mostly by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and was presented to the participants at America’s first women’s rights convention, … Continue reading Declaration of Sentiments

Declaration Of Sentiments

Woman’s Rights Convention Seneca Falls July 1848   The leader at the Woman’s Rights Convention is nobody other than Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The Woman’s Rights Convention that took place in Seneca Falls July 19-20, 1848. She was a leader of the movement which proposed huge issues during that time for women and was her goal along with 68 women and 32 men who signed the … Continue reading Declaration Of Sentiments

Declaration of Sentiments

SENECA FALLS, NEW YORK — 1848 Inspired by the United States’ Declaration of Independence, one of many spearheads of the women’s rights movement Elizabeth Cady Stanton sought to – and succeeded – produce an official document which listed grievances held by women at the time, while also offering solutions to these complaints. Women and men of various ages and backgrounds convened nearly two centuries ago … Continue reading Declaration of Sentiments

Sally Hemings

  Sally (Sarah) Hemings was born a slave, owned by Thomas Jefferson, in 1773. She started out as caretaker of Jefferson’s daughters, and eventually accompanied them to be with their father in Paris in 1787. For two years she lived with Jefferson and his family in Paris, during this time two things happened. Hemings became involved with Thomas, becoming pregnant with his child. She also … Continue reading Sally Hemings

A Thin Line Between Slavery and Love

“Being A Woman Is a Terribly Difficult Task, Since It Consists Principally In Dealing With Men.” -Joseph Conrad Even as graceful as she was, Sally Hemming began and nearly died as an enslaved woman. Most people cannot phantom how a woman of color in the eighteenth century can be categorized as “graceful.” But she was it. She had that sort of elegance that differentiated her among most … Continue reading A Thin Line Between Slavery and Love

Sally Hemings’ Identity

Sally Hemings was born in Virginia enslaved to planter John Wayles. Later after a family marriage she was added to Thomas Jefferson’s human assets. Sally grew up until the age of fourteen enslaved, after moving to France, she became a free person under French law (Kerber 97-98). Sally and others around her had a very different view of what was the core of her identity. … Continue reading Sally Hemings’ Identity

The Hemings-Jefferson Treaty

After reading “The Hemings-Jefferson Treaty: Paris, 1789,” I feel that the core of Sally Hemings’s identity was her being a woman rather than her enslavement. Sally Hemings was born into slavery and spent the first fourteen years of her life in a country that defined her as a human chattel (Gordon-Reed 99). While she was in France she was a free woman, so why would … Continue reading The Hemings-Jefferson Treaty

Women & Witchcraft in Puritan America

The idea behind what it means to be a witch has been misconstrued for as long as time has told its tale. For example, during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, witches were often believed to be women possessed by the devil. This is a belief found in Carol F. Karlsen’s “The Devil in the Shape of a Woman” essay which will be thoroughly discussed … Continue reading Women & Witchcraft in Puritan America

Welcome to the 1450-1750 era: Witchcraft

    The real meaning of witchcraft is not the first thing that may come to your mind when you know nothing about the history of it. You may think that witchcraft is full of actual witches that you may have dressed up as for Halloween as a child, with your broomsticks and pink pointy sparkly hats. Witchcraft must mean that there has to be … Continue reading Welcome to the 1450-1750 era: Witchcraft

Women, Gender and Witchcraft

Why did neighbors or acquaintances launch accusations of witchcraft against particular persons? Neighbors and acquaintances launched accusations of witchcraft against particular persons because according to Anthropologists, witches are defined as people whose behavior enacts the things that the community fears. This is one of the keys to understanding a society during this period and how they associated witchcraft to things they thought wrong or they … Continue reading Women, Gender and Witchcraft

Blog Topic #1 for HIS 225

Topic: Thinking about “Devil in the Shape of a Woman,” why did neighbors or acquaintances launch accusations of witchcraft against particular persons? What do you think this tells us about gender and about this time in American history? **Please refer to the blog schedule on eLearning (under Content) to see who is assigned to post a blog for this week. You will need to create your … Continue reading Blog Topic #1 for HIS 225