• First Wave Statue Exhibit

    Women's Rights

    National Historical Park New York

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Convention Officers and Committees

The First Women's Rights Convention was held on July 19 and 20, 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York at the Wesleyan Chapel. Mary Ann M'Clintock, E.N. Foote, Amy Post, Elizabeth W. M'Clintock, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were appointed a committee to prepare the proceedings of the convention for publication. The Report of the Woman's Rights Convention was printed by John Dick at the North Star Office, Rochester, New York.

There were sessions in the morning, afternoon, on both days, plus an evening session on the second day.

At the morning session on the first day, Mary Ann M'Clintock was appointed secretary. Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton addressed the audience.

At the afternoon session on the first day, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott addressed the convention. Lucretia Mott read a humorous article written by Martha C. Wright and Elizabeth W. M'Clintock addressed the convention.

That evening Lucretia Mott gave a speech on the subject of Reforms in general.

At the morning session on the second day, James Mott served as Chairman. Elizabeth Cady Stanton read the Declaration of Sentiments. The document was discussed by Lucretia Mott, Ansel Bascom, S.E. Woodworth, Thomas and Mary Ann M'Clintock, Frederick Douglass, Amy Post, Catherine Stebbins, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The document was unanimously adopted.

At the afternoon session on the second day, Lucretia Mott gave a speech.

At the evening session on the second day, Thomas M'Clintock served as Chairman. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Thomas M'Clintock, Lucretia Mott, Mary Ann M'Clintock Jr., and Frederick Douglass addressed the convention.

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