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What was the link between abolitionism and the women's rights movement?

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The link between the abolitionist movement and the women’s rights movement is that the one led to the other.  That is, many of the leaders of the women’s rights movement had been active in the abolitionist movement.  This includes the most famous leaders of the women’s rights movement such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone.  These women had gotten involved in the abolitionist movement but had later come to think that women were in need of rights as well.  Therefore, they transferred their efforts to fighting for women.  Thus, the participation of women in the abolitionist movement led to the creation of the women’s rights movement.

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