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Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention

July 19, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac

“It’s the anniversary of the first women’s rights conference in history, organized in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. It was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her friend Lucretia Mott. They had been getting together frequently to talk about the abuses they suffered as women and they finally decided to have a public meeting to discuss the status of women in society. At the meeting, on this day in 1848, they drew up a declaration, which said in part, “The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton read the declaration and then made a radical suggestion that the document should also demand a woman’s right to vote. At that time no women were allowed to vote anywhere on the planet, and many of the other women there objected to the idea. They thought it was impossible.”  – The Writer’s Almanac, July 19, 2021

More on Seneca Falls Convention:
Zinn Education Project (teaching activity/role play, by Bill Bigelow
Academy 4SC (includes animated video and teacher resources)
Encyclopedia Britannica 
History.com  (Did Susan B. Anthony attend the convention in 1848? Find the answer here.)

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