Seneca Falls The First Women 's Rights Convention

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Seneca Falls was the first women’s rights convention in the United States. The convention took place at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, NY, on July 19, 1848 (Seneca Falls Convention Begins). This convention was organized by two abolitionist named Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton with the help of Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane Hunt. They posted the announcement in the Seneca County Courier on July 14, 1848. The message said “A Convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious conditions and rights of women will be held…” (American Memory). The Seneca Falls community was open to the idea of changing public roles of women in society. So it was no surprise when about 300 people responded to the message in the courier. The convention took place for two days, Wednesday July 19, 1848 and Thursday July 20, 1989. During the two day period the participants listened to multiple speeches, wrote the Declaration of Sentiments, created 11 resolutions that proclaimed equality of all people and declared all laws/customs that subordinated women illegitimate. The first day of the convention was exclusive to women only. Elizabeth Cady Stanton introduced the Declaration of Sentiments. The Declaration of Sentiments was a document that was similar to the Declaration of Independence written by Stanton, it included a list of eighteen grievances women faced and eleven resolutions. During the first day the women read and revised the Declaration of Sentiments. One of
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