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On this date in 1848 the Seneca Falls Convention was held


1848 photo of Elizabeth Cady Stanton with her sons, Daniel and Henry

On July 19-20, 1848, a convention concerning the rights of women, called by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was held at Seneca Falls, NY. The issues discussed included voting, property rights and divorce. The convention drafted a "Declaration of Sentiments" that paraphrased the Declaration of Independence, addressing man instead of King George, and called for women's "immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of the United States." This convention was the beginning of an organized women's rights movement in the U.S. The most controversial issue was Stanton's demand for women's right to vote. It would be 70+ years before that demand was realized, when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution gave U.S. women the vote.


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