Growing Women's Rights in the Early-Mid Nineteenth Century.
During the mid nineteenth century, women's role in society changed drastically. With the many numerous reform campaigns going on and the outburst of the Second Great Awakening, there was a chaos of cultures and view points floating about. Women could now speak their minds and work towards equality and women's rights. During this crucial movement, women finally got together to improve their status, slowly moving towards equality with men.
Before this movement, women's lives were enclosed in the cult of domesticity which forced them to stay at home and nurture the children while the husbands went out to work. A women was suppose to be dedicate to her master, not to be out in a school or outside of the home. The time for change was finally felt and women's role was redefined, but it was "redefined" so women continued to work in the home with children. But even in the home there was a more independent atmosphere. After a drop in fertility rate, and some use of birth control being practiced; women were obviously were playing a leading part in decisions to have fewer children. This "domestic feminism" was revealing the growing power of women. .
However, even though the role of the good homemaker was celebrated, women longed to venture into the public world that the men possessed. Lead off by the Second Great Awakening, where women saw the feminization of religion, women heard the preaching of female spiritual worth, which ultimately led them to task of saving the rest of society. The women's right movement finally began when female reformers" activity in areas such as antislavery were ignored by men; these included Sarah and Angelina Grimke who received male opposition for their involvement in antislavery. The Grimke sisters were joined with many other upset women reformers, including Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B.