for your note. In the 1840s,
feminism was just beginning
to formally organize itself
in this country. Primarily they
were doing this through an 1846
convention in Seneca Falls New
York, where abolitionists and
suffragists came together to
draft a Declaration of Sentiments.
This Declaration was based on
the Declaration of Independence,
but it included women. Eventually
many of these organizations'
work made it possible for women
to have many rights, including:
the right to vote, to own/inherit
property, to divorce, to have
custody of their children, etc...
To learn more--you should go
to the National
Women's History Project.
I hope that helps get you started.