Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a founding member of the Women’s Movement and fought for the equal treatment of women. At the first Women’s convention, she drafted the “Declaration of Sentiments, Grievances, and Resolutions” where she proclaimed “that all men and women are created equal”. In 1869, along with Stanton, Susan B. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. This American Icons video provides insight into the fight for the right to vote.
In this Crash Course video, learn about famous reformers and activists like Alice Paul, Margaret Sanger, and Emma Goldman, among others.
Mary McLeod Bethune was the first in her family to get an education. A prized opportunity, she understood the value and importance of education and continued to advocate for the right to learn throughout her personal and professional life. As Director of the Division of Negro Affairs and National Youth Administration under the Roosevelt administration, Bethune fought for education as a right for all. This American Experience resource details Bethune’s contribution in the struggle for education.
Learn about the citizen education programs used by civil rights activists in this clip from Memories of the March. Citizen training workshops, like the ones attended by Dorothy Cotton, were crucial in uniting members of the African-American Civil Rights Movement across the country. This Memories of the March video highlights the contributions of Dorthy Cotton.
Considered by some as the “Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement”, Dorothy Height was a leader of both the civil rights and women’s rights movements. She was an advisor to Martin Luther King Jr. and fought tirelessly for equality and justice. Learn more about Height and her influence in this clip.
We will continue to explore the great history of women rights in next articles.