We Have Come A Long Way

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We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls, July 20, 1848

Jane Hunt, Mary Ann M’Clintock, Martha Wright, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met in Waterloo, New York on July 9, 1848 to discuss the social position of women resulting in the First Women’s Rights Convention in the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York on July 19 and 20, 1848. An estimated three hundred women and men attended the Convention which concluded with a Declaration of Sentiments signed by 68 women and 32 men.

The Seneca Falls Convention was followed two weeks later by a larger meeting in Rochester, N.Y. National woman’s rights conventions were held regularly fueling the growing women’s suffrage movement until the 19th Amendment granting American women the constitutionally protected right to vote became law in1920.

In 1980, the National Park service established the Women’s Rights National Historical Park consisting of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the M’Clintock House, the Richard Hunt House and the Suffrage Press Printshop.

President Obama was in the neighborhood and stopped by Seneca Falls yesterday on the way to Syracuse to give a speech on making college more affordable for middle-class families. I like that.



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