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Who organized the first women’s rights convention?

July 19th

Elizabeth-Cady-Stanton_Pioneer-for-Womens-Suffrage_HD_768x432-16x9July 19, 1848 — The first US women’s rights convention took place in Seneca Falls, NY today. Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (pictured) and Lucretia Mott, it is was advertised as, “a convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman.”

There were six different sessions held, including a lecture on law, one on comedic presentation, and four discussions on a woman’s role in society.

An estimated 300 women and men attended the Convention, including Frederick Douglass.

At the conclusion, 68 women and 32 men signed the Declaration of Sentiments drafted by Stanton, and Mary Ann M’Clintock and her family.

Words of Wisdom

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

— Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women's rights movement

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