Friday, July 19, 2013

July 19: First Women's RIghts Convention

On this date in History .... July 19, 1848:  

The first women's rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, NY.  Over 200 women attended. 

The organizers, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, were abolitionists who had met in London at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention. Because they were women, they were barred from the convention floor, igniting an indignation that became the seed of the women’s rights movement in the U.S.  

12 resolutions were passed at the convention, 11 of them unanimously.  The one that caused conflict was to enable women to vote. After much debate it passed and received much public ridicule, causing some of the supporter to back off. 

The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was finally passed over 70 years later, in 1920.

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