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168th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention

Posted on Blog on July 19, 2016

July 19th marks the 168th anniversary of the first day of the Seneca Falls Convention. We often hear about the Founding Fathers of our country, but what about the Founding Mothers in the fight for women’s rights? This is not to say that the fight for women’s rights started with the Seneca Falls Convention. It was, however, one of the first events that jump-started national support for women’s rights in a cohesive manner. This push for a women’s rights convention stemmed from the fight to end slavery. At an Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840, both Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were banned from speaking on the floor because they were women. This led the women to realize that as they fought for African-American rights, they could also fight for women’s rights, as both were marginalized groups in a white, patriarchal world. 8 years later, this impetus was realized with the Seneca Falls Convention. The two women, along with Mott’s sister, Martha Coffin Wright, and Jane Hunt and Mary Ann McClintock, sent out an announcement in the Seneca County Courier, the local paper of where Stanton lived. The announcement, inviting women and men to attend, read: