Seneca Falls, New York


Latitude: 42.910621900000
Longitude: -76.796621500000

Timeline of Events Associated with Seneca Falls, New York

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19 Jul 1848 to 20 Jul 1848

Seneca Falls Convention

One of the first Women's Rights Convention was the Seneca Falls Convention.  It was held on July 19 and 20, 1848.   It took place in Seneca Falls, New York.  This meeting launched the women's suffrage movement.  It would also several decades later ensure women the right to vote.  The Seneca Falls Convention was held in the Wesleyan Chapel.  The first day was only just for women and then the second day it was open to men.  Despite the scarce publicity, 300 people attended.  It was mostly just area residents that showed up.  This convention will forever be an important part in history, it was one of the first times that women came together and fought for their own rights.   The women came up with 11 resolutions on women’s rights, which included social, civil, and religious rights for women,   All of them were accepted except the ninth one, which was the right to vote.  Even though it wasn’t accepted, the fact that it was even spoken about made a big impact. The ninth resolution was eventually passed after Elizabeth Stanton and Frederick Douglass gave their passionate speeches in its defense.  The five woman organizers of the convention were also apart of the abolitionist movement, which fought for the end of slavery, and racial discrimination. The five organizers were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Mary M’Clintock, Martha Coffin Wright, and Jane Hunt.  The Seneca Falls Convention brought national attention to the issue of women's rights. Newspapers across the U.S. covered the convention, both in support and against it. Elizabeth Stanton called the women's movement the “greatest rebellion the world has ever seen”.  After everything went public, Elizabeth didn’t care about the criticism because she looked at it as it will start to get more women thinking, men too.  Just to get men and women to start thinking about the issues and start raising more questions, the first step of the progress is taken.  On August 2, 1848, two weeks later, the convention met up again to reaffirm the movement's goals at the First Unitarian Church in Rochester, New York.  Because of the Seneca Falls Convention, over the following years the campaign continued for women's rights at nationwide and state events. Editors. “Seneca Falls Convention.”, A&E Television Networks, 10 Nov. 2017, 

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19 Summer 1848 to 21 Summer 1848

The First Women's Convention

The first spark of the continuing movement of women's rights began early Wednesday morning on July 19th, 1848. In a small Methodist church located in Seneca Falls New York, the first ever women's convention was held. The convention was organized by a group of women known for their actions in political reform. The primary women included Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony. 

The first meeting of these women was held in one of their homes, where they discussed the utmost importance of a women's rights reform. They decided that a women's convention should be held in order to educate and spread the word of equal rights for both men and women. Cady Stanton and the other women then drafted what they titled: “The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions”. This document was constructed by paraphrasing parts of the Original Declaration of Independence. The Document began by declaring that “all men and women are created equal”. It then proceeds into a list of subcategories staging different political injustices. Some of the Injustices included women being denied access to voting, access to higher education, and access to certain professions. Other injustices discussed women not receiving equal pay for equal work done by their male counterparts as well as women's lack of property rights without marriage. Overall the declaration consisted of over a thousand words and it concluded with the demand of these injustices being reformed. 

The convention lasted a total of two days and overall there were about 300 people in attendance. The first day of the convention was meant primarily for women attendance, but around 40 men showed up at Wesleyan Methodist Church. The organizers decided to let the men stay regardless of the fact that the convention was initially held specifically for women. From Wednesday morning till late Thursday evening, the group of people discussed the Declaration of Sentiments and as well as its' resolutions. They made changes to the document in areas they saw fit and then concluded the convention with a signing of the document. One hundred people signed the document and of those one hundred people 68 were women and 32 were men. 

The New York media coverage of the event was less than supportive. Many were upset at the suffrage idea and were less than afraid to speak their minds. Many major papers mocked the event and stated that the declaration and its ideas were downright amusing. The only paper that took the convention seriously and respected the reforms wanting to be made was the liberal New York Tribune. The New York Tribune may not have agreed with all of the events demands due to the idea that equal political rights were deemed improper. But they did bring light to the event in a manner that showed respect for the assertion of natural rights. But as word of the convention traveled locally it began to make its way beyond the state lines of New York. Soon the convention spread rather rapidly throughout the entire nation and quickly became known as the first spark of women's rights in the United States. 


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