The women’s movement refers to the social movement originally conceived by women to achieve full economic and civil rights. The beginning of this struggle in the United States is generally traced to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. An afternoon conversation among friends about women’s place in society resulted in a resolution to work together for change. One week later, on July 19, 1848, these bold women launched a revolution that continues to this day, as women and men around the world strive to establish and protect equal economic, civil, legal, and social rights.

In the United States and most Western nations, women have achieved the legal and economic rights defined as goals in the early stages of ...

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