Women 's Rights Movement : Seneca Falls Convention

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Taylor Valandingham
Dr. Katherine Fredlund
October 8, 2014
Women’s Rights Movement: Seneca Falls Convention
Before the 19th century women had no rights, no status and no voice. They were the property and identity of their husbands, and in a way women were barely seen as human beings, they were merely there to serve and bare children. Much started to change at the start of the 19th century in social and economic areas. These transformations changed the game and provided an opportunity for women to seize and finally raise their voices. Women started to take action in small ways by making choices, not to marry young or not to have children immediately after marrying; they had bigger and better things in mind.
The first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York; July 19-20, 1848. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, who met at the World Anti-Slavery Convention eight years earlier, were the main organizers of the women’s rights convention (“This Day in History – Seneca Falls Convention Begins”). When Stanton and Mott had attended the World Anti-Slavery convention in 1840 they both became outraged when they were denied to speak from the floor and also hold seats as delegates for anti-slavery (“The Women’s Rights Movement”). Stanton and Mott felt it was necessary to form an alliance among women to defend the same equality as men. Both Stanton and Mott, along with three other women; Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane Hunt (“This Day in

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