How did feminism of the antebellum period challenge traditional gender beliefs and social structures?

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The feminism of the antebellum period was very much a protofeminism.  It was not anywhere near to being as assertive as feminism is today.  However, for its time, it did represent a challenge to traditional beliefs about gender roles and social structures.

In the antebellum period, there was a widespread belief that women and men should operate in separate spheres.  Women were believed to be better suited...

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