History of the Women’s Rights Movement

The Seneca Falls Convention


In the picture: Longtime women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, front row, fourth from left, sits with executive committee members from the International Council of Women during their first meeting in Washington, DC. (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

The Women’s Rights Movement owes its origin to the Seneca Falls Convention which was championed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. The duo had met earlier at the London’s World Anti-Slavery Convention. 300 women and 40 men attended the Seneca Falls Convention held at the Wesleyan Chapel on July 19-20, 1848 in New York. The attendees signed the Declaration of Sentiments and passed 12 resolutions that called for equal opportunities for men and women as well as the women’s right to vote. Frederick Douglass mainly campaigned to ensure that the resolution for the women’s right to vote had been passed.

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