In July of 1848, hundreds of women and men met at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, NY for the first women’s rights convention in the United States. Organized by women, many consider the Seneca Falls Convention to be the event that started the women’s rights movement in America.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton – a leading advocate for women’s rights and one of the convention’s organizers – presented to attendees the Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances, modeled closely on the Declaration of Independence. Stanton added “women” to its preamble proclaiming: “We hold these truths to be self-evident – that all men AND WOMEN are created equal…” She went on to describe the injustices and inequities faced by American women and urged them to organize and fight for equality.
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The United States presidential election on November 2, 1920 was the first election in which American women had the right to vote since the ratification of the 19th amendment on August 18, 1920. Achieving this milestone was a long and arduous struggle.Beginning in the 1800s, women organized,...
On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition (repealing the 18th Amendment). What you may not know is that in 1929, an organization known as the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR), founded by Pauline Sabin, led...
"I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality."A feminist, suffragist and warrior for equality, Alice Paul (1885-1977) dedicated her life to women's rights. She was a major...