Women's Rights In Seneca Falls, New York

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On July 19, 1848, the convention in Seneca Falls, New York attracted both men and women who were interested in the rights of women. The two-day meeting started something big. Women all over the country began speaking up about their rights. Even though the public did not want to listen, these brave people helped shape America into what it is today. This meeting eventually led to the Nineteenth Amendment around 70 years later. The amendment gave women the right to vote and women began feeling empowered to speak up about inequality. The Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 helped start a movement that gave women the Nineteenth Amendment and more equal rights. In the early 19th century, few women were willing to stand up for their rights (Andreas …show more content…
She was a Quaker and an abolitionist from the United States (Rights Movement 2). At the convention, she was told that women were not allowed to speak publicly there, and that they were segregated from the men (Elizabeth 2). This is where she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton. They became friends and discussed the issues of slavery and women’s rights. Both of them decided to hold a convention to talk about women’s rights once they got back to the United States. Eight years later, after writing back and forth to each other, Mott told Stanton that she was coming to Seneca Falls to visit her sister (3). Stanton invited her over for tea. The two discussed the same things they did at the convention, including how limited they felt as women. They decided to invite people to their convention to talk about these issues. Their meeting was scheduled for July 19 and 20 at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls (Women’s 9), which is located near the Finger Lakes in New York (Seneca 1). To prepare for the meeting, Stanton and Mott went through the Declaration of Independence and added in the word “women” in places where it only said men (Elizabeth 4). They made a list of twelve resolutions that they believed would provide women with equal rights, and called it the Declaration of Sentiments. On July 19th, there were around 300 people there for the meeting, and forty of them were men (5). The convention was the first time there had been a formal request for suffrage (Seneca

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