How did the Second Great Awakening affect the evolution of women's roles in society in 1815-1860? I'm writing a paper, and I don't know much about how the Second Great Awakening affected the...

How did the Second Great Awakening affect the evolution of women's roles in society in 1815-1860? I'm writing a paper, and I don't know much about how the Second Great Awakening affected the evolution of the roles of women. I was wondering if you could just give me some background in the years from 1815-1860?

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The Second Great Awakening impacted women’s roles in our country. The Second Great Awakening was a religious revival where people became more connected with their churches and with religious teachings. Many of the people involved in the Second Great Awakening were women.

One concept that evolved from the Second Great Awakening was allowing for a greater role of women, at first within the household structure, and later in our society at large. There was a more equal sharing in responsibilities at home between husband and wife. Prior to this time, the man ruled the house. That began to change as a result of some of the ideas that developed from the Second Great Awakening.

Women also began to develop roles outside of the house. Women began to work in other reform movements, some of which reflected the values developed from the Second Great Awakening. Women became involved in the abolition movement and the temperance movement. More women began to teach in schools. The voice of women became louder in the various reform movements, and their roles and actions in the Second Great Awakening contributed to this. Eventually, women began to advocate for their own rights, as seen at the Seneca Fall Convention in 1848.

The Second Great Awakening impacted women’s roles significantly between 1815-1860.

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The major impact of the Second Great Awakening in this regard was that it led to the involvement of women in the reform movements of the time.

The Second Great Awakening helped to create a propensity for reform in American society.  It emphasized the idea that society could and should be perfected.  Since women were (under the ideas of Republican Motherhood) supposed to be in charge of raising children to be good citizens, it also made sense for them to be in the forefront of reforming society in general.

This is exactly what happened.  Women took the lead in many reform movements.  There were female abolitionists and female temperance workers.  There were female educational reformers and female prison reformers.

The Second Great Awakening emphasized the idea of reforming and perfecting society and it encouraged the idea that women should take a part in those reforms.

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