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The campaign launched for women’s legal rights was initiated well before the Civil War. It was during the 1820’s and the 1830’s that all white men earned their legal rights regardless of how much property they had or money they earned. Alongside this, several other reform groups were also propagating all over America including religious movements, temperance clubs, anti – slavery groups, and moral – reform organizations. And in all of these reform groups, women were actively playing prominent roles.
Women in America were beginning to abrade against the so called ‘Cult of True Womanhood’ which emphasized on the idea that pious and true women were those who submitted themselves solely to motherhood and being a wife by dedicating themselves to their families and homes. All these activities and reform groups collectively began changing the ideology of what it meant to be a woman and a female citizen of the United States of America.