1848 Women's Rights Convention Essay

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Through out history, Americans have fought for the rights of freedom in their country, freedoms that have been passed down through dozen’s of generations. Freedom’s such as religion, speech, press, slavery and the right to vote. Americans, though very aware of their freedoms, often take them for granted and forget the struggles that their ancestors went through to obtain them. One example of this struggle is a woman’s right to be treated and looked upon by the government as equals. This was not an easy battle to win, and it took a strong few to begin to bring the struggle that women had faced for centuries to an end.
The need for women’s rights began back in colonial America where women were referred to as
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Eight years after their denial to take part at the London Anti-Slavery Convention, Stanton and Mott along with many other American women feminists such as Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Abby Kelley Foster, and Ernestine all came together on July 9th, 1848 and agreed to take immediate action on women’s rights issues. The decided to hold the first ever Women’s Rights Convention in American History ten days later at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York. The convention would last two days, the first day was only open to women, and the second day, both men and women were invited to hear the address of Lucretia Mott, among many other supporters.
On July 14th, 1848, a local semi-weekly journal, The Seneca County Courier printed this announcement five days before the convention stating the following:
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 the second day, when Lucretia Mott of Philadelphia, and others, ladies and gentlemen will address the
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