No matter your affiliation regarding the origin of the species, be it evolutionary or intelligent design, historically women have long been viewed as little more than supporting cast members in the theatrical production known as humanity. In the evolutionary perspective we think of primitive man as the hunter-gatherer whom, club in hand, wanders out of the cave to claim a woman with a blow to the head then dragging her back to the cave to propagate. In the intelligent design camp, as it pertains to Christianity, the first woman was created to alleviate man's loneliness, and so from the rib of a man she was formed. Neither of these ideas immediately invoke a line of thought that engenders an inherit equality among the sexes; thus creating
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The public eye opened and had begun to see the immoral social inequity being forced upon women. However, one cannot deny the role of the church in 19th century and its involvement in making women more prominent figures in society. Fueled by the great awakening and the abolitionist movements women began taking on roles of responsibility and were gaining greater acceptance as individuals capable of great accomplishments. (Dicker, 2008, 24).
It is important to note that not all abolitionist movements were accepting or tolerant to women being involved in the narrative. Sarah Moore Grimke and Angelina Emily Grimke were two sisters who were very involved in the male dominated abolitionist movement in Philadelphia. The two were very outspoken and gave public speeches to large crowds that drew the scorn of the chauvinist society at the time (Weatherford, 1994, p. 152). The outcry at the 'impropriety' of their speeches, despite their being involved in a noble cause, created a societal rift which recognized the injustice of dismissing individuals based solely on their sex. This recognition led the sisters to draft the Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women, which were later published into a book in 1838. The letters gave a critical examination of the