During the antebellum period there were many reforms that took place in order to expand .

This meant that there were reforms promoting the perfect model or type of .

democracy. Many people were greatly affected by the second great awakening and were looking to .

nature in order to form the perfect society. Women were at the forefront of these reform movements .

but others also got involved. Most of the reform movements during the antebellum period were either .

for equal, moral and educational purposes. .

During all the industrializing the family life and the role of women in the family was changing. .

Although the constitution claimed that all men were created equal, women seemed to be left out of the .

picture. Women were not allowed the right to vote, many don't go to college, face much discrimination, .

and there were barely any property rights for women. Black women were probably the worst treated at .

the time (Document C). Some women stood up for their rights such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia .

Mott, Susan B. Anthony, The Grimke Sisters and Lucy Stone.Women's voting rights became an issue in .

the 19th century, especially in the U.S. In the U.S. the women's-suffrage movement arose from the .

antislavery movement and the emergence of such leaders as Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, .

who believed that equality should extend to women as well as blacks and organized the Seneca Falls .

Convention in 1848. In 1850 Lucy Stone established the movement's first national convention. There .

were 61 women and 34 men in attendance. Female Suffrage was the topic of discussion at the convention. .

The group passed the Declaration of Sentiments, a list of grievances and demands modeled on the .

Declaration of Independence that called on women to organize and petition for their rights. A .

controversial demand for the right to vote passed by a narrow margin.(Document I).


Another problem tackled by reformers was alcohol, especially the abuse of it.