For American women in the 1800s, they were not yet real citizens, in the full sense of rights. At that time, they were not recognized as having economic independence. Every property a woman owns becomes the property of the husband when they get married. All money a woman gets from work belongs to the husband as well. Women at that time had no political rights. They do not have the right to vote.
Mrs. Anthony was a teacher at the time and she said that women need to have personal independence and economic independence. She also said that there would be no hope for social progress in the US unless women are fully empowered as men. She realized that women will never become full citizens without political rights. And they will not be able to have political power until they have the right to vote. So she traveled to New York state towns and cities to convince women about the importance of voting rights.
Mrs. Anthony has traveled to every city and town in New York State to meet and talk to people at schools, churches and public places. Everywhere she went, she distributed flyers promoting women’s rights. She also organized campaigns of New York congressmen to amend laws to give women ownership of property. The campaign failed in New York but has already begun to bear fruit elsewhere.
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