Women in early Vermont were responsible for the spiritual and moral welfare of their families. They traditionally played a crucial role in church affairs. When causes such as the antislavery and temperance movements gained steam, many women saw their participation as a natural extension of their family and Christian duty. The formidable skills women gained from their church and charitable work proved to be a key to the success of these movements. Many women who toiled for these causes also fought for women’s suffrage and were bitterly disappointed when their right to vote was continually denied.
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