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Journalism and the Women's Rights Movement

            Journalism became a strong aid in the progression of the women's rights movement in the late 1800's when women began using writing as a way to reach out to other women. " If the editor of the local newspaper publishes a letter she writes, she communicates her idea to hundreds of women in a fraction of the time it would take her to visit them all individually" (Emery, Ault and Agee 75). If women had not been given this outlet the women's rights movement would never have succeeded and would not still be growing today. The women who began the movement included Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (AOL 7). These women began using journalism as a way to broaden the effects the movement had on women. The leader of the movement sent a .
             message through the written word that women deserved the right to vote, to hold a job and raise a family, and to become to their male counterparts, equal. These issues would never have been addressed if it had not been for the efforts of the writers who printed the articles about the movement.
             In 1848, a woman named Susan B. Anthony began working for women's rights. As Anthony worked, she and Stanton met and joined to work for the rights of women. Together they worked from 1854 to 1860 trying to reform New York State laws. In 1863 their efforts were redirected and they formed the National Women's Loyal League. Anthony and Stanton published the Revolution, which was one of the first feminist newspapers in New York City, and in 1869, they founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. Together they devoted fifty years of their lives to overcoming the lack of women's rights. They both died fourteen years before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America granted women the right to vote (Bettmann Archive 1). .
             A year after Anthony and Stanton met and began their work the first prominent women's rights paper, "Lily", began to be published and edited by Amelia Jenks Bloomer (Legacy "98 2).

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