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Today I’m writing about The Seneca Falls Convention was the first women’s rights convention. [Every day with new topic ]
“A convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman”. The Seneca Falls Convention is regarded by many as the birthplace of American feminism.
Heralded as the first women’s rights convention in the United States, it was held at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York, on July 19 and 20, 1848. Seneca Falls was the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who, along with Lucretia Mott conceived and directed the convention.
Mott and Stanton, two abolitionists who met at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. As women, Mott and Stanton were barred from the convention floor, and the common anger that this aroused in both of them was the impetus for their founding of the women’s rights movement in the United States.
The announcement for the convention, published in the Seneca County Courier on July 14, read, “A Convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of women will be held in the Wesleyan Chapel, at Seneca Falls, N.Y., on Wednesday and Thursday, the 19th and 20th of July current; commencing at 10 o’clock A.M. During the first day the meeting will be exclusively for women, who are earnestly invited to attend. The public generally are invited to be present on the second day, when Lucretia Mott, of Philadelphia, and other ladies and gentlemen, will address the Convention.”
On July 19, 200 women convened at the Wesleyan Chapel, and Stanton read the “Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances,” a treatise that she had drafted over the previous few days. Stanton’s declaration was modeled closely on the Declaration of Independence, and its preamble featured the proclamation, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…” The Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances then detailed the injustices inflicted upon women in the United States and called upon U.S. women to organize and petition for their rights.
On the second day the Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances was adopted and signed by the assembly. The call went out not just to women, but also to sympathetic men, of whom there were several, including Lucretia’s husband James, a leading anti-slavery crusader and Fredrick Douglass from Rochester. Stanton’s husband Henry was a lawyer who advised her on points of law while she was drafting the resolutions.
But Henry had political ambitions and was frightened by the call for the vote for women so he arranged to be out of town during the convention so his name would not be associated with the radical gathering.
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