First Women’s Rights Convention in the US
First Women’s Rights Convention is Held in U.S.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott (pictured on this stamp) heralded the start of the women’s rights movement on July 19, 1848, when they hosted the first convention on the rights of women in the U.S.
The two had met years earlier when they were both refused admission to the World Anti-Slavery Convention because they were women. They sent out a call in a local newspaper that was answered by 200 women on July 19. Stanton shared her “Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances,” which was modeled after the Declaration of Independence, but also brought up the injustices women faced.
Men were invited to attend the second day of the convention, and about 40 did, including Frederick Douglass. The assembly adopted and signed the declaration and passed 12 resolutions calling for the equal rights of women.
From that first meeting sprang annual women’s rights conventions that ultimately led to the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote in 1920.
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