• Legislative Petition No. 19, 1849

    Women of Fayette County

    The women of Fayette County, Tennessee petitioned for protections and securities on the property owned by women before marriage. They argued that it was unjust for husbands to be able to take or sell…

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  • The Doings of Women Folk

    [Nashville] Daily American

    The Daily American reports on the International Council of Women in Washington and mentions several prominent individuals such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Julia Ward Howe. The article states, "It ha…

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  • National Council of Women: Federated Body of Over a Score of Great National Societies of Women to Meet Here To-Morrow

    Nashville American

    The article discusses a future meeting of the National Council of Women of the United States in Nashville and highlights some of the notable individuals to attend, including Susan B. Anthony. The Nati…

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  • Women's Rights

    Isabel Elliott Howell (1839-1868)

    In this essay on women's rights, Isabel Elliott Howell argues against suffragists and claims that women exercise their authority and influence in the domestic sphere. She upholds Florence Nightingale…

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  • The Sphere of Women

    Leona Catherine Holladay

    Leona Catherine Holladay gave this adress during the graduation ceremony at an all-female school in 1867. She states that women must remain in their proper sphere in order to create a harmonious socie…

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  • Remarks of Mr. Williamson

    [Nashville] Republican Banner

    Mr. Williamson's remarks concerned a proposed bill in the Senate to secure separate property rights for married women. He claimed that this was a harmful measure because it would diminish the husband'…

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  • Legislative Petition No. 61, 1841

    Women of Campbell County

    The women of Campbell County sent a petition to the legislature in which they requested the passage of anti-liquor laws in order to fight pauperism, crime, untimely deaths, and other "social evils." T…

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  • Legislative Petition No. 185, 1839

    Women of Marshall County

    The women of Marshall County petitioned against the repeal of anti-liquor laws targeting tippling houses in the state of Tennessee. Although women could not vote before the passage of the Nineteenth A…

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  • War Declared: The Strong-Minded in Convention at Saratoga

    [Nashville] Republican Banner

    The article reports on a resolution drafted by New York women at a convention in Saratoga. They demanded the right of suffrage and opposed men seeking to define the sphere of women. This convention to…

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  • Unprotected Females: A Plea for Women Traveling Alone

    Anthony, Susan B. (1820-1906)

    Susan B. Anthony points out that women traveling alone are viewed with damaging stereotypes and prejudices that men do not suffer. Although the Seneca Falls convention had been held two decades prior…

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