• First Wave Statue Exhibit

    Women's Rights

    National Historical Park New York

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Participants of the First Women's Rights Convention

Report of the 1848 First Woman's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls in tract form published by the abolitionist North Star Press

Minutes of the Convention.

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How did five women manage to organize and accomplish the 1848 First Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, with just ten days notice?

They had help! As part of a community of social reformers and abolitionists they turned to their friends and allies, knowing they would respond to their call.

On Sunday July 9, five friends met at the home of Jane Hunt and in the course of their day together, they concluded to hold a convention "to discuss the social, civil, and religious rights of Woman."

Two days later they put an ad in the local newspaper. Through their abolitionist connections, the event was announced in the North Star newspaper in Rochester.

Word spread. Not only through newspapers, but by word of mouth. And on July 19th and 20th, one hundred women and men signed the Declaration of Sentiments, written by some of the organizers and amended and adopted by the majority of those in attendance.

The Declaration of Sentiments outlined the demands, goals and means to achieve them.

Meet some of the Signers and Organizers.

 
 

Did You Know?

Statues in the lobby of the visitor center

Did you know that many women's rights reformers were also abolitionists, and that the writers of the Declaration of Sentiments borrowed phrases and ideas from the antislavery movement? More...