Learning About Women's Suffrage
The Seneca Falls Convention Was a Pivotal Point For Women's Suffrage In Our History
The Seneca Falls Convention was by all accounts the beginning of Women's Suffrage. In 1948, 300 people met in New York City to discuss and debate women’s rights and their roles in the current society. Among these people were two influential women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton who was a well-known social activist and abolitionist and Lucretia Coffin Mott. Lucretia Mott was an American Quaker and an abolitionist like Stanton. Subsequently, Mott was considered to be the first feminist in the 1800’s.
The meeting lasted 2 days and had 6 different sub meetings. During these meetings many things were discussed. But arguably the most important discussion that came out of the conference was surrounded around women’s right to vote. Many resolutions were debated on but the right to vote was the most heated.
Interestingly enough, Mott fought to have this removed from the resolutions. But another popular figure was at the convention. Fredrick Douglas convinced the attendees to keep it in. The resolution passed with 100 votes out of 300 people.
Even though many issues regarding women’s rights came out of the convention, the most debated resolution was a women’s right to vote. This one convention brought voting rights for women to the forefront of the national stage.
The convention was set up into 3 parts. It had a morning session, afternoon session, and an evening session. Day 1 started out with Stanton making a call for women to take responsibility for their actions in her Declaration of Sentiments. Mott spoke in the next session and was named the guiding spirit of the convention. The second day, Fredrick Douglas spoke in favor of women’s rights. This is where he famously stood up for women’s right to vote and convinced the committee to keep the right to vote in the resolution.
Even though women did not get the right to vote until the mid 1960’s, many people did not know that Women’s Suffrage started in the early 1800’s
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Short Bio) - Born in 1815, Stanton was one of the leading figures in the early women's rights movement. Most notitabley known for her Declaration of Sentiments, which outlined a woman's right to vote among other things, is often credited for starting the women's movement.
Lecretia Mott (Short Bio) - Born in 1793, Mott was known as an abolitionist, Quaker, and most famously known as the first feminist. Besides fighting for slave rights and women's rights, she was labeled the guiding spirit of the Seneca Falls Convention.