Seneca Falls Convention

1848

Basic Information- How Did the Idea Happen?

The Seneca Falls Convention took place in Seneca falls, New York on July 19-20, 1848. The idea was formed when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were not treated as delegates at the World Anti-slavery Society. They were not permitted to speak, simply because of their gender. Because of this, they met later over tea to dicuss how to handle it with Stanton's Quaker neighbors. The Quakers suggested holding a meeting for women's rights, which is exactly what Stanton (right) did.

Who Attended?

Many key equal rights activists attended the meeting. Specifically, E.C. Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Frederick Douglass. However, Susan B. Anthony did not attend, for she and Stanton had not yet met. About 40 men attended and around 100 women attended. Many of the people there were Quakers.

What Happened? Why Was It Even Important?

The Seneca Falls Convention was very important. If it hadn't happened, we might not be where we are today on "equal rights". It was not only the first convention for women's rights, but it made people realize that, not only women wanted equal rights for women. It was also important because it led to many other conventions and demonstrations that eventually earned women equal rights. E.C.Stanton wrote the "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" to list what rights women should be entitled to, and explained what injustices women across America were facing. It also called upon women to organize and petition for their rights. At the end of the meeting, the people attending were to sign it and show their support. Many men were wary of signing because of their reputations with the community, but F.Douglass convinced them to sign, and the Declaration was adopted and signed by the assembly. However, afterwards, many people took their names off because people in the community had started hating them and it was ruining their reputations. The community looked down upon people who had anything to do with the convention, specifically because it supported the idea that women should vote.
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Who are Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott?

Both of them were known for being intense women's rights activists that fought for what they believed in until the day they died. They later came to know Susan B. Anthony and worked alongside her to get women their rights. E.C. Stanton was the leading figure in women's rights. Mott was a Quaker and a social reformer.

What else was going on?

Many things happened during the year of 1848. For example, the California Gold Rush, the new flag with 30 stars, the Washington monument was created, and the first medical school for women opened in Boston, Mass.