A Great Inheritance: Conclusion and References

This article is part of a series, "A Great Inheritance: Examining the Relationship between Abolition and the Women's Rights Movement" written by Victoria Elliott, a Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) intern at Women's Rights National Historical Park.

The abolition movement helped form and influence those who built and led the women’s rights movement. The beliefs and practices of the abolition movement provided a backdrop against which antislavery women could challenge gender roles and leave the woman’s sphere to enter the public sphere. Because of their grounding in the abolition movement, women abolitionists transformed dissatisfaction with their lives into the women’s rights movement. Women became agents of change for their own cause. The women’s rights movement materialized in part from the abolition movement and faced many of the same challenges. Although both movements fought for equality, racism and prejudice against African Americans as existed in the abolition movement reemerged within the women’s rights movement.


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