Temperance and The Women's Suffrage
Seneca Falls marks the first woman's rights convention in the United States of America and its outcome was the writing of the Declaration of Sentiments that outlined the need for expanding women's rights, including the right to vote. in 1870, the woman's temperance movement began and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union [WCTU} was founded. Its primary mission was to persuade people to abstain from alcohol. By 1890, the WCTU became the largest organization of women in the U.S. with 300,000 members strong. This panel discusses how temperance provided the suffrage movement with a grassroots constituency.
Keywords: temperance, suffrage