Suffrage and Reform Movements in 19th-century Ohio
Women rarely spoke in public, or wrote on political matters, or organized to change public opinion and policy. In the struggle for social change, the need for women’s rights--for political and social equality--stood out starkly. The reformers’ call for equality resonated with women who were tired of being denied everything from property rights, control of their wages, and custody rights, to higher education and suffrage. Women’s rights activists were involved in many causes, and in the early 19th century it was by no means clear that suffrage would become their primary political focus.