Elizabeth C. Stanton
Leading Figure of Women's Rights Movement
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal"
Seneca Falls and the Declaration of Sentiments
In 1848, Stanton, along with other suffragists, organized the first women's rights convention in US history. Held in Seneca Falls, New York and attended by 300 people, the convention was addressed by Lucretia Mott and Mary Ann McClintock. Stanton herself read from a document she wrote called the "Declaration of Sentiments." Based on the Declaration of Independence, the document called for equal rights for women and listed 18 grievances along with 12 resolutions. It was signed by 100 people at the convention. However, when the convention received much criticism from the press, who called it a "most shocking and unnatural incident," many of those 100 people withdrew their names. Nevertheless, the convention was an important first step in the women's rights movement.