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The Seneca Falls Convention

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Women had limited rights during the 19th Century. The Seneca Falls convention was a woman’s rights convention located in Seneca Falls in what is today known as Finger Lakes District (Page 3). This convention paved the road to help women gain rights and to stop being so dependent on men. At this time period women were not allowed to vote, own land, have a professional career, they only received minor education, etc. In an interesting book, Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement, by Sally G. McMillen she explains the widespread significance of the convention that changed women’s history. From 1840 to 1890, over the course of 50 years. Four astonishing women; Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B Anthony and Lucy …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the seneca falls convention paved the road to help women gain rights and to stop being so dependent on men.
  • States that seneca falls introduced the "declaration of rights and sentiments" which advocated eighteen discriminations women bore and the resolutions to such discrimination.
  • Explains that before the women’s rights movement women's place was in the home or doing light work such as tending to the garden.
  • Explains that the civil war had a big effect on the women’s rights movement.

Women spent majority of their day ironing, washing clothes, baking, sewing clothes and raising their children (page 17). Religion also added to women’s lesser status (page 18). Religion was at the core life of Americans, female submission was decreed to be part of God’s order (page 18). Lucretia Mott soon pointed out that many scriptures celebrated female strength and independence (page 18). As a young girl Elizabeth Cady Stanton learned about laws that limited rights of wives and as an adult found ways to reform marriage and divorce laws (page 23). Things were looking up for women, by 1850 female wage workers made up nearly a quarter of the manufacturing labor work force (page 30). Women were still excluded from occupations such as the military, ministry, law, medicine and jobs felt inappropriate for women (page 32). During this antebellum period women were starting to rise up and realize they deserved to have the same rights and privileges men received. This gave women hope that things could change. By the second quarter of the 19th century few positive changes for women pushed Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B Anthony, Lucy Stone and others to challenge injustices and reform efforts (page …show more content…

Many men attended the Seneca Falls convention and defended women’s rights. There were many conventions prior to the Seneca Falls convention to speak on women’s rights and to gather petitions, like the Rochester Convention to consider the rights of women religiously, industrially, and politically (page 95). Many years after the Seneca Falls Convention and many more years of protesting and meetings the First National Women’s Rights Convention was held in Worcester, Massachusetts on October 23rd and 24th (page 106). There was said to be up to a thousand people attending, including men (page

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