Hispanics are people of Spanish or Spanish-American origin. Some Hispanics lived in areas that later became part of the U.S. Many others immigrated to the U.S. Hispanic immigration increased greatly in recent decades.
RIGHTS FOR WOMEN
American women had almost no rights at the time of Jackson’s presidency. No woman could vote. In most states married women could not sell the property which they owned or keep the wages which they earned. It was not good for a married woman to have a job.
Elizabeth Stanton and Lucretia Mott were two women who dedicated their lives to working for women’s rights. For years they made speeches and wrote articles to attract supporters. Finally they organized a conference to discuss women’s rights. On July 19, 1848, more than 300 people who came were women, but 40 men were also present. They adopted a list of women’s rights. These rights include the right to vote, to own property and to go to school – all rights that men enjoyed. Slowly women gained more and more rights. In some states married women won the right to own property. More began working as teachers. A teacher from Massachusetts named Mary Lyon opened Mount Holyoke College in 1837. It was the first college for women.. Gradually other colleges for women opened. Some men’s colleges began accepting women students. Some women began to do jobs that only men had done before. In 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman who graduated from medical school.
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